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New campaign aims to improve safety of roadside workers

Thursday 26th April 2012

An e-petition has been opened to lobby the Government to introduce a law to protect people working on the side of the road, such as vehicle recovery/rescue services and the emergency services.

The petition is part of the Slow Down, Move Over campaign which is aiming to raise awareness of the dangers roadside workers face on a daily basis. The campaign says that numerous people are killed or seriously injured on our hard shoulders each year as the result of collisions involving stationary vehicles.

The e-petition is requesting a change in the law to make it mandatory for road users to slow down and move over to the next lane on a dual carriageway or motorway when they see an emergency services or recovery vehicle on the hard shoulder, with its emergency warning lights illuminated.

The campaign is seeking to create a Parliamentary debate on the subject, for which it requires 100,000 signatures on the e-petition by 3 May 2013.

Click here to sign the petition.

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It's all well and good asking drivers to move to the right in order to facilitate emergency vehicles to drive along the hard shoulder.

This is no doubt as a response to allowing normal vehicles including HGVs to drive as of a norm along the hard shoulder. Something which is being examined at the moment in time.

Otherwise there is no way that an emergency vehicle can get to an incident at all.
bob craven Lancs

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