RAC welcomes new congestion measures but urges caution in hard shoulder driving proposals

Article date: 24 October 2007

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly is today expected to extend the trial which allows motorists to drive on the hard shoulder of the M42 to other motorways.

Leading motoring organisation RAC, while welcoming dynamic measures to reduce traffic congestion using the existing road network, urged that each scheme should be considered on a case-by-case basis and that motorists' safety should not be compromised.

RAC technical director, David Bizley, explains: "The strength of the M42 pilot is that the presence of frequent variable message signs ensures that traffic can be diverted from the hard shoulder in seconds, allowing the police or an RAC patrol to quickly attend to an accident. This, combined with the presence of variable speed limits, emergency refuge areas every 500 metres and comprehensive CCTV monitoring, has contributed to the M42's success. These conditions would have to be replicated in any further schemes to ensure safe motoring."

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RAC technical director, David Bizley is available for further comment.

RAC Press office contact:
Sonia Clarke or Amy Funston at Lexis PR on 0207 908 6570 or 0207 908 6433

Jon Day at RAC Press Office on 01603 209287 / 07800 690555

Notes to editors:

About RAC
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists.  Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.

Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 14%.

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