AA, Green Flag and the RAC are asking for changes following the death of 3 roadside technicians in just 12 months

 

Three well known breakdown companies in the UK are urging for new road safety laws to be introduced following the death of three roadside technicians in just 12 months.

AA, Green Flag and the RAC have put their rivalry to one side and are asking for new road safety rules to be introduced following the three deaths which occurred over a 12 month period.

The three largest breakdown companies have come together and wrote a letter to road safety minister, Jesse Norman MP, requesting a new ‘slow down, move over’ rule be enforced.

AA, Green Flag and the RAC are asking for changes following the deaths of 3 roadside technicians in just 12 months

Three well known UK breakdown companies join forces urging for new road safety laws to be introduced. © Copyright Peter Facey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Under the new rule, drivers would have to reduce their speed and change their position on the road when passing a vehicle that’s broken down on the roadside or for a breakdown recovery vehicle with its flashing amber beacons switched on.

This new rule could help reduce the risk of injury or death for anyone stood on the side of the road.

Also, the three companies would like the DfT to sponsor a THINK! road safety campaign, calling attention to the dangers faced by members of the public and roadside technicians when dealing with breakdowns on the side of the road.

As well as the death of three roadside technicians over the past 12 months, the companies report that “numerous roadside incidents” have also occurred during the same period.

The AA did write to Mr Norman back in November 2017 asking for changes to be made to the Highway Code but their suggestions were not enforced.

“Between our organisations, we have seen too many near misses and too many fatalities caused by this problem. That needs to change quickly. ‘Slow down, move over’ is not a difficult request, but this simple act of kindness will make a world of difference to vulnerable drivers, patrols and road workers alike,” said president of the AA, Edmund King.

Chief operations officer at the RAC, James Knight, also commented saying: “In light of the recent fatalities, we now urgently need the government to work with us to raise awareness of the issue among drivers and to promote a ‘slow down, move over’ message. This must be backed by a high-profile publicity campaign and a change to the Highway Code.”

 

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