LeasePlan’s motorway myth-busters
Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live suggest an 18 per cent rise in the number of people caught using the hard shoulder illegally between 2014-15 and 2015-16. It has been announced that drivers caught offending on so-called smart motorways in England could be offered re-education courses by police. Police chiefs said the new road rules were confusing motorists and more awareness was needed.
LeasePlan UK – one of the world’s largest vehicle management companies – has reacted to this news. Lesley Slater, operations and business development director, LeasePlan UK said, “Changes to the motorway will bring new rules and regulations for motorists to learn and abide by. It is important for drivers to take responsibility for their own safety by staying up to date with any new laws introduced.
“Confusion around what is and what is not legal on the motorway is compounded by the fact that drivers are not allowed to drive on the motorway until passing their practical driving test. This is right from a driver safety perspective but as it isn’t mandatory to have an additional motorway driving lesson, this can lead to gaps in knowledge, confidence and experience.”