Drivers are killed on supposed good motorways owing to delays in putting in technology to identify broken-down vehicles, the boss of Highways England said yesterday.
In 2016 road chiefs secure to put in ‘stopped vehicle detection’ systems across the network of good motorways.
But 3 years later, solely a fifth of the network has been fitted with the life-saving radio detection and ranging technology. Therein time, there are a series of deaths on the roads caused by drivers breaking down in a very live lane of traffic
On good motorways, the shoulder is replaced by a lane to cut congestion, feat drivers who suddenly break down stuck in the midst of quick traffic and forcing others behind them to short modification lanes.
Though parking refugees are offered at intervals, they can't continuously be reached by drivers whose cars fail.
Yesterday Jim O’Sullivan, the Highways England chief, admitted that a number of those tragedies might are averted, had stopped vehicle detection systems been in situ.
Lilian timber, chairman of the Commons transport committee, asked: ‘If stopped vehicle detection had been in situ on all-lane-running schemes from the beginning, what number deaths would are prevented?’
Mr. O’Sullivan told MPs: ‘It’s not possible to quantify. Of the eight fatalities, without doubt, 1 or 2 might need been avoided, however not all of them would.’
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