Illegal hard shoulder campaign

A campaign is starting today to stop drivers illegally using the hard shoulder on the motorway. Latest figures show that an average of up to 250 vehicles use the hard shoulder illegally on the M6 and M42 every day.

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Police hear 'all sorts of stories' for non-emergency hard shoulder stopping

A campaign has been launched in the Midlands to stop drivers misusing the hard shoulder on parts of the M6 and M42 motorways.

Hundreds of vehicles drive illegally in the emergency lane every day across the region.

The police and the Highways Agency say that it is putting people's lives at risk.

Hard shoulder accidents are the 'most severe'

Motorways carry a third of all traffic but are our safest roads. They would be safer still if people followed the rules about using the hard shoulder.

Around one in 10 motorway fatalities occurs on the hard shoulder and accidents here tend to be most severe because of the killer combination of stationary vehicles being hit by those travelling at very high speeds.

– RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister

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Misusing hard shoulder could 'put lives at risk'

A campaign has been launched by the Highways Agency and the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) in the Midlands to stop drivers misusing the hard shoulder on parts of the M6 and M42 motorways.

We do not want to issue fines and instead want to encourage good driving behaviour, but people need to understand that travelling on the hard shoulder when it is not available as a traffic lane is illegal and unsafe. They could cause a traffic collision and put lives at risk.

– Chief Inspector Derek Roberts, CMPG

Some of the reasons for non-emergency hard shoulder stops

Taking photographs, having a sleep and stopping to pick flowers are just some of the reasons given by motorists for non-emergency stops on motorway hard shoulders. 8,655 cases of drivers stopping on hard shoulders in non-emergency situations were recorded in 2012, according to the Highways Agency.

A campaign has today been launched to stop drivers misusing the hard shoulder on sections of the M6 and M42 in the Midlands. Latest figures show that an average of up to 250 vehicles use the hard shoulder illegally on the M6 and M42 every day.

I hope that all road users hearing about this will start to correctly use the hard shoulder, follow the overhead signs displayed and drive safely.

Whether drivers are doing this because they are unaware or deliberately trying to exit the motorway more quickly, they are putting themselves and others at risk.

Driving on the hard shoulder when it is not available for use could lead to collisions with vehicles who have stopped in an emergency or with the breakdown and emergency services who have stopped there to offer assistance.

– Jamie Hassall, Highways Agency national enforcement co-ordinator

Campaign to tackle illegal hard shoulder use begins

A campaign is starting today to stop drivers illegally using the hard shoulder on the motorway.

These signs indicate the use of the hard shoulder is illegal Credit: Highways Agency

Latest figures show that an average of up to 250 vehicles use the hard shoulder illegally on the M6 and M42 every day.

Excuses from drivers who stop illegally on the hard shoulder include taking photographs, setting the sat-nav and picking flowers.

Using hard shoulder illegally can put motorists at risk Credit: Highways Agency

The campaign is a joint venture between the Highways Agency and the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), designed to prevent people putting themselves and other drivers at risk.

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