GEM seeks RSOs’ help to update ‘Blue Light Aware’ video

21.40 | 27 January 2018 |

GEM Motoring Assist is seeking the views of road safety professionals as it looks to update its video advising motorists how to help an emergency service driver on a ‘blue light run’.

First published in 2011, Blue Light Aware is a five minute video based on advice given in the Highway Code which addresses specific situations identified as causing confusion for motorists.

The video provides examples of best practice in a number of the most common scenarios encountered.

The original video was produced following a three-month consultation period in which emergency service representatives and road safety professionals provided expert comment on how each situation should be illustrated and explained.

Through a new survey, published on 29 January, GEM is hoping that road safety professionals will once again provide information on what should be included in the updated video.

The survey covers topics including smart motorways, and whether the video should include regional variations.

GEM says it is looking to refresh the video as ‘time and technology has moved on’.

Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer, said: “Everyone wants to help clear the way for an emergency vehicle, but sometimes it can be difficult to understand the expectations of the emergency driver.

“Judging by how widely the resource has been used since its launch in 2011, we believe it to have been successful and helpful.

“We are today asking for feedback from the organisations who helped us create Blue Light Aware, to find out how useful it has been to them and their drivers – as well as inviting them to suggest what they would like to see included in a 2018 version.

“While much of the advice from the original video still applies, we believe there is a need to provide specific advice for smart motorways, which have become much more widespread since 2011.”


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