Highway Code needs smart motorway update, says AA

Written by Ellie

Changes should be made to the Highway Code to reflect progress made in vehicle and road design, according to the AA.

The motoring authority says it has written to Jesse Norman MP – the road safety minister – proposing what it calls ‘potentially life-saving changes’ to driving on motorways, but hasn’t received a reply so far.

It suggests introducing new rules requiring motorists slow down or move over when passing vehicles on the hard shoulder, and the AA also wants to see ‘emergency corridors’ introduced.

In the event of an incident bringing traffic to a standstill on motorways without a continuous hard shoulder, vehicles in the far right-hand lane should shift right as much as possible, while other lanes would do the same in the opposite direction.

This is already a legal requirement in some other European countries and the idea is supported by seven in ten AA members.

More dangerous now

Separate research carried out by the AA found that the bulk of motorists (eight in ten) think motorways are more dangerous now compared to four years ago simply because of the removal of the hard shoulder.

AA president Edmund King said the organisation’s proposed changes to the Highway Code would go some way towards helping save lives and improving safety and driver confidence on smart motorways.

“Safety is of paramount importance on all of our roads, and we look forward to the minister taking these important points on board to enhance road safety,” the AA boss commented.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “New drivers will soon be allowed to take lessons on motorways. If these changes help them understand the different types of motorway ahead of time, then they’ll have been worthwhile.”

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Posted on 23rd December 2017

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