FTA welcomes govt’s all-lane clarification

Written by Ellie

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed a new government announcement clarifying the concerns of the body regarding all-lane running on smart motorways.

Responding to a recent report from the Transport Select Committee, the government stated that the technologies used to monitor the carriageways provides up-to-the-minute responsiveness to ensure lanes are swiftly closed in the event of a blockage.

It follows the raising of concerns regarding the safety of motorists when all lanes are being utilised to help to improve traffic flows.

The FTA surmised that rather than denying road users essential access to smart motorway improvements, the focus must now be on educating drivers in the proper and safe use of these carriageways.

FTA head of road network management policy Malcolm Bingham commented: "FTA recognises the importance of looking at the safety aspects of vehicles coming to a halt in a live lane, but this is something that could happen even with a hard shoulder as vehicle faults can occur anywhere."

Mr Bingham concluded that there must be robust systems in place to ensure motorists are not placed at risk when smart motorway systems are operating at full capacity.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "The growing number of smart motorways across the country means that all drivers must understand the proper practices in case of emergency."

Posted on 16th December 2016

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