This week there was news on the Government's trials of allowing cars to drive on motorway hard shoulders. Seems they all thought it was a splendid idea.
Nich Starling (Norfolk Blogger) posted about this a bit more promptly than I'm doing. We basically have the same point - emergency service access will be pretty difficult with all lanes and the hard shoulder clogged up with traffic.
It can be hard enough for police and ambulances getting up and down the M6 when there's a traffic jam normally, with the occasional broken down car in the hard shoulder making progress difficult. But if every inch of motorway is covered by cars then what hope will they have?
Are we saying we should risk an ambulance being massively delayed just so that some people can get to work or home for dinner a little bit more quickly?
It's all very well saying that the lanes will be monitored to allow closure for emergency vehicles to get through, but we all know it only takes a second for an accident to happen and a pile-up or tailback isn't long following. Rather quicker than people will be to start reading or obeying a 'get back out of the hard shoulder' sign.