Motor insurance: Hard shoulder may be used

Monday, 03 March 2008

New plans by the government could see drivers using the hard shoulder at busy sections of motorway, it has been revealed.

Ruth Kelly, transport secretary, stated that sensors will enable officials to monitor the traffic levels at a certain stretch, resulting in cars being moved onto the hard shoulder, reports the Daily Mail.

Overhead gantries will also contain speed cameras to capture motorists going over the limit when the area of road is not in use.

Motorways likely to be included in an initial scheme are the M1 south from Watford, along with zones of the M4, the M6 and the M3.

On the busiest stretches of highway, motorists will have to decrease their top speeds from 70mph to 50mph.

Government officials have said that congestion will be aided while no new construction will have to take place.

Drivers caught speeding may find that their car insurance premiums are negatively impacted upon.

Recently, it was announced that digital speed cameras are to be implemented on the M25.

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