All licence holders should be aware of the basic rules and regulations regarding the road. Everyone who takes to the road is subsequently at risk of experiencing a road traffic accident, but driving legally minimises this risk and makes travelling much safer.
Ridiculous reasons for hard shoulder stops
Stopping on the hard shoulder, unless there is an emergency, is illegal and can cause critical road accidents. If found to be using the hard shoulder illegally, drivers can face a fine of £60 and have points added to their licence.
In a recent report, The Highways Agency revealed that drivers seem to be misinterpreting the term ‘emergency’, with individuals stopping to read maps, take family photographs and make phone calls, one of the worst excuses coming from a group of bikers who chose to pull over for a chinwag.
Stopping on the hard shoulder is one of the leading causes of accidents on the motorway.
Is misuse of the hard shoulder a common problem?
The Highways Agency found that between July and September 2013, no less than 2062 drivers chose to stop on the hard shoulder illegally.
The Highways Agency enforcement co-ordinator, Jamie Hassall, reiterated, “Every day, millions of people use our motorways. Most of them use the hard shoulder correctly and don’t ignore red X’s, but we are appealing to the few who put themselves, other road users, and those working on motorways, at risk.
“Where the hard shoulder is used as an additional traffic lane at peak times, you can only drive on it if there is a speed limit over it. When a red X is displayed over any lane, it’s simple – don’t drive on it.”
Claiming for a road traffic accident
If you have sustained injuries due to a road accident, and you were not to blame for the collision, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice