Re: Emergency service - driving question...
I believe the answer is that they are not legally allowed to use the hard shoulder unless they have pre-arranged it with relevant traffic control and police. In the event they are in the hard shoulder and there is a breakdown ahed they are effectivley stuck. Nobody can easily allow them into the lanes of traffic and there is a stationary veh ahead. Its a definatley not possible for breakdown vehs to use. There have been cases where there has been breakdowns in roadworks and the tow truck heading to the breakdown to clear the jam cannot actually get to it as they cant use the HS. It then requires the police to escort the tow truck to the accident/breakdown.