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2014/10/07 09:01:18 (permalink)

Emergency service - driving question...

I was sitting in very slow moving traffic this morning on a motorway, hard shoulder with two lanes. Ambulance is wanting to come through, instead of driving up the (clear) hard shoulder he was making the traffic in the lanes part and driving up the middle. Due to this he would be making far slower progress. Does anyone have any good logical thoughts as to why they would choose to do this over using the crystal clear hard shoulder? 
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    David
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    Re: Emergency service - driving question... 2014/10/07 09:37:39 (permalink)
    My EFAD (Emergency Fire Appliance Driving) Dad says it is because he was being a numpty.
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    Re: Emergency service - driving question... 2014/10/07 09:37:45 (permalink)
    While they can the issue is as it would be on a normal day. You're doing 70 (with luck) and you plow into a broken down car. It's why you're advised not to sit in it if it's knackered on a hard shoulder.

     
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    Re: Emergency service - driving question... 2014/10/07 09:38:47 (permalink)
    In case someone hears an ambulance and moves over to the hard shoulder expecting them to be coming through the middle?

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    Re: Emergency service - driving question... 2014/10/07 10:00:09 (permalink)
    So far I think David has the best answer.
     
    Mob - traffic was crawling in both lanes (5-10 mph) so ambulance was passing through at that speed. Even if he went onto the hard shoulder and did 30mph he would be making 3-6x the progress.
     
    TLW - I imagine most people do the same and use their eyes before moving lanes so cant see this as being logical.
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    Re: Emergency service - driving question... 2014/10/07 10:39:46 (permalink)
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    So far I think David has the best answer.
     
    Mob - traffic was crawling in both lanes (5-10 mph) so ambulance was passing through at that speed. Even if he went onto the hard shoulder and did 30mph he would be making 3-6x the progress.
     
    TLW - I imagine most people do the same and use their eyes before moving lanes so cant see this as being logical.




    Of course, everyone should use their eyes and drive safely but we all know that there are a lot of knobs on the road who just have no idea, or just don't act well under pressure. 

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    Re: Emergency service - driving question... 2014/10/07 10:44:33 (permalink)
    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.
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