We’re supporting a call by the major breakdown organisations to help protect repair crews.
Earlier this year an RAC patrolman lost his life when he was hit by a passing vehicle whilst attending a callout on a busy dual carriageway. Chances are you’ve seen plenty of examples of drivers going too fast and driving too close to emergency and breakdown vehicles, and now the AA, RAC and Green Flag are joining forces to make moving over the law.
RAC chief operation officer James Knight said: “Working on a broken-down vehicle by a busy road or motorway can be dangerous… In light of the recent fatalities we now urgently need the Gov-ernment to work with us to raise awareness of the issue among drivers and to promote a ‘slow down, move over’ message. This must be backed by a high-profile publicity campaign and a change to the Highway Code.”
In the US, many states already operate a ‘move over’ law. The details vary from state to state, but essentially the rules require drivers to vacate the lane nearest to stationery emergency or break-down vehicles when it is safe to do so, and to slow down if they can’t move over.
In the UK at present, drivers of our hire vehicles (and any other vehicle) who unilaterally decide to switch lanes when seeing blue or amber lights on the hard shoulder would technically be con-travening Rule 264 of the Highway Code which states that drivers “should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear.”
We therefore support the campaign to amend the rule so that moving over to give emergency and support services room to work safely isn’t just guidance, but a legal requirement.
And in the meantime, if you’re driving your TJS hire car or rental van and see flashing lights ahead, please lower your speed.