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Originally Posted by selwonk View Post
Why not sort out the roads in the first place by educating drivers to use the spare lane (ie. lane 1) on the motorway for starters?
a scary place for middle lane man, and an obsticle for 3 series man .

seriosly though, what if a car were to konk out in a normal lane?

youd usually coast into the hard shoulder with your hazards on and stop safly as nopbody were coming, but with it being used as an extra lane, you might not make it and stop in lane 1, causing a jam, or get on the hard shoulder and be wiped out.

but there again, lots of people still drive down the hard shoulder in heavy traffic, even though they arnt supposed to. it just take on person to do it, then somone else will, then someone else, and that pattern continues on and on.
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I drive along to M42 twice a week and to be totally honest it has improved loads since this trial has been started years back. They have lay-by's every couple of hundred yards or so and it is fully monitored 24/7 with camera's all over the place looking for incidents. As soon as something is seen they send the Highway Patrol group to it to seal off the lane and stick a big red cross on the signs overhead.

I agree about it is an easy way out but it actually works. When there has been an accident it jams like any other motorway in the country.

The speed limits are monitored when active by camera's, what most people don't know is that they arn't active when the signs are off so you can go through at your leisure (not recommending speeding by the way) As it is only active when there is high volumes of traffic then it isn't as bad as people think.

Like I said, before this was introduced it was gridlocked all the time during rush hour along that stretch but now it flows nicely at 50MPH with only a few little bits where it is slower.
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ok i see your point but i remember once blowing a valve out in the fast lane, i dipped the clutch and coasted across onto the hard shoulder and stopped, now that happened in a flash, cameras or not, no one could predict or prevent it happening, what would happen if a forty ton wagon was trundling along there at 50mph when i expect that lane to be left clear? i think its a cheap quick fix solution to a pressing problem, the government will continue to find new ways to hold us to ransom for taxes whilst continuing to find new ways to get out of actually spending it where its most needed. A very poor show and another example of cutting corners and shoddy work ..shame on the government
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Having been in a crash on a motorway before (i was not driving ) if it had not been for the hard shoulder then it would have been a major traffic incident, so personally I say keep them clear
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