Hard shoulders should be brought back on smart motorways to make them safer, ... trends now

Hard shoulders should be brought back on smart motorways to make them safer, ... trends now
Hard shoulders should be brought back on smart motorways to make them safer, ... trends now

Hard shoulders should be brought back on smart motorways to make them safer, ... trends now

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Hard shoulders should be reinstated on smart motorways, the RAC has said.

The motoring group issued the plea to ministers a year after Rishi Sunak cancelled all future planned smart motorway projects, citing financial pressures and a lack of public confidence in the roads.

The first stretch of all-lane running (ALR) smart motorway – using the hard shoulder as a permanent live traffic lane – opened on the M25 in Hertfordshire ten years ago.

ALR smart motorways aim to increase capacity at a lower cost than widening roads.

But there have been long-standing safety concerns after fatal incidents in which vehicles stopped in live lanes were hit from behind. 

The Mail has campaigned for greater safety on smart motorways.

The motoring group issued the plea to ministers a year after Rishi Sunak cancelled all future planned smart motorway projects, citing financial pressures and a lack of public confidence in the roads. (Stock Image)

The motoring group issued the plea to ministers a year after Rishi Sunak cancelled all future planned smart motorway projects, citing financial pressures and a lack of public confidence in the roads. (Stock Image)

AA: Don't let young new drivers carry their friends 

Young drivers should be banned from carrying passengers of a similar age for at least six months after passing their test, the AA has told the Government.

It wants a graduated licence scheme introduced as a safety measure to cut 'needless deaths' involving inexperienced drivers.

Suggested measures include new drivers being required to

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