Why is there no hard shoulder on smart motorways?
In the smart motorway model, hard shoulders are removed or reduced in size to improve traffic flow and open more lanes up to drivers.
Around 400 miles of motorway has been converted to a “smart motorway”.
Smart motorways also use technology to adapt speed limits based on traffic conditions..
When can you use the hard shoulder on a smart motorway?
The three types of motorway shown on the map are: Dynamic hard shoulder: where the hard shoulder is temporarily opened up to traffic. All lane running: where the full width of the road is usable with emergency refuge areas alongside. Controlled motorway: with three or more lanes, a hard shoulder and variable speed …
What is the problem with smart motorways?
More live lane breakdowns The APPG warns that given the average response time to a live lane breakdown is a further 17 minutes and there is no hard shoulder, drivers on smart motorways are more exposed to the risk of collision than those on conventional motorways.
What do you do if you breakdown on a smart motorway?
In the event of a breakdown or accident, the RAC advise that you should try to reach an ERA, stop in the layby and then ensure that your hazard lights are on. After this, you should exit your vehicle through the passenger door (if possible) and then head over to stand behind the crash barrier.
When can you stop on the hard shoulder?
You MUST NOT stop on the carriageway, hard shoulder, slip road, central reservation or verge except in an emergency, or when told to do so by the police, HA traffic officers in uniform, an emergency sign or by flashing red light signals. Do not stop on the hard shoulder to either make or receive mobile phone calls.
Can you undertake on a smart motorway?
It’s acceptable to undertake on motorways where average speed limits are in operation. … Therefore, it may be safer to pass a car travelling below the average speed limit on your right if your lane is moving faster.