Police reveal driver excuses for illegally using hard shoulder

Salesmen trading cars, people picking flowers, and stopping to take a pretty picture are among just some of the excuses used by the hundreds of drivers who stopped illegally on motorway hard shoulders in the West Midlands during just three months last year.

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Revealed: The top 10 worst excuses for stopping on the hard shoulder

The Highways Agency has revealed its top 10 worst excuses for parking up on the hard shoulder.

  • One motorist pulled over because they saw fire” on their dashboard display, it later turned out it was the name of the Adele track they were listening to.
  • One motorist parked up and fell asleep on the M6.
  • People stopping to read a map or check their sat navs.
  • Two car owners halfway through the selling and buying process for one of the cars.
  • One driver realised their car insurance policy was up for renewal – they were ringing around for quotes to renew.
  • A group of motorcyclists parked on the hard shoulder on the M1 to review their route and have a drink.
  • Taxi drivers waiting on the hard shoulder around airports for their client's flights to arrive.
  • A mobile phone operator, stopping at regular intervals in their private car carrying out signal tests on the hard shoulder.
  • A driver who stopped to pick flowers.
  • A couple who wanted to take pictures of their new born grandchild in their open top sports car, as it was "a lovely day".

It comes as figures revealed more than 400 drivers in the West Midlands had broken the by stopping in the restricted lane, despite there not being an emergency.

Hundreds of drivers stopping illegally on hard shoulder

Salesmen trading cars, people picking flowers, and stopping to take a pretty picture are among just some of the excuses used by drivers for stopping illegally on motorway hard shoulders in the West Midlands.

Official records show hundreds of people across the region stopped on the hard shoulder when there was no emergency in just three months last year.

It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme Credit: PA

One man even told officers from the Highways Agency that he thought the word 'Fire' flashing up on his dashboard meant his car was ablaze - apparently not realising that was the name of the Adele hit he was listening to.

A total of 418 drivers in the West Midlands broke the law between July and September last year - and motorway police are now urging people to make sure they use the hard shoulder properly.

It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme.

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