Using hard should on a motorway – When it’s safe and how you could land a £100 fine

0
18


Sometimes when driving on the motorway it will be necessary to use the hard shoulder. If your car breaks down you could be forced to pull over on it or if there is an emergency. However, there are certain misconceptions about when you can and can not use the hard shoulder on a motorway which could land you a fine if you ignore. They are a place of refuge for cars that have broken down and can also be used by emergency services as an extra lane to get through to an incident quicker.

If you use a hard shoulder for any other reason that if you have broken down the you could fined £100 and land three penalty points.

This could rise to a £5,000 fine and nine penalty points if you were to cause an accident.

You may be required to use an emergency phone while not he motorway and if that is the case then you should always walk in the direction of traffic.

Each year there are around 100 people killed or seriously injured on the hard should, reveals Highways England data.

It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder to make a phone call or to use the bathroom.

Similarly, if you use it to beat traffic and avoid congestion then you could also and a huge fine.

On smart motorways, the rules are different as the hard shoulder can be employed as a standard traffic lane.

You must, therefore, abide by the rules displayed on the gantry above which reveal speed limits and lane closures.

If there is a red X displayed on the gantry then this means the lane is closed and you must not travel in it. If you do then you can be fined £100.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here