‘Smart’ motorway safety worries 71% of drivers

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WORRY: Are you in favour of ‘Smart’ motorways?

Two-thirds of drivers would feel less safe on a motorway with no hard shoulder than a motorway with one, a new survey has revealed.

The study, by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), found 71% of road-users are concerned about the new ‘Smart’ motorway format.

Half (48%) of respondents added safety refuges should be no more than 500yards apart – at odds against plans to increase the distances between them.

A further 40% of respondents said they are sceptical that new monitoring systems on ‘Smart’ motorways – such as electronic signs – can protect them in the event of stopping in a running lane.

The study also found 67% had not seen any ‘Smart’ motorway publicity, 32% would support the legalising of undertaking on ‘Smart’ motorways, and 42% believe ‘Smart’ motorways have reduced congestion.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said: “Smart motorways are being rolled out across England but our survey shows that drivers want more reassurance and information on how safe they will be and how to use them.

“The IAM has been supportive of hard shoulder running but we have always said that the Highways Agency must be quick to learn and implement any real world lessons as more schemes come into use.”

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