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3 hours ago, Westie1889 said:

I think one the dangers of smart motorways is that people ignore the lane closure signs until the absolute last minute, in bad weather or at night this can lead to collisions.

 

Not just ignoring them, but actively going into them to undertake queues of traffic to merge back in further up.

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1 minute ago, alchresearch said:

Not just ignoring them, but actively going into them to undertake queues of traffic to merge back in further up.

If you drive up a lane with a cross on it, you will be fined. 

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On 28/01/2020 at 06:37, DT Ralge said:

The Ilkeston control centre the covers M1 north to J30, A38 to an unknown point, A42 to the M42 and M1 south to the A14 has a day shift of 4!

17 minutes is criminally negligent as far as I'm concerned. Especially when the system was sold to the public as no longer than 2 minutes. 

 

Highways Agency seem to be grossly incompetent when it comes to these smart motorways. 

 

Who remembers the debacle where a smart motorway was set and left at a TWENTY mph limit? (Link

 

I've personally driven down the "smart" M1 in South Yorkshire, noticed warning signs for stopped vehicles, debris etc. In many of these cases there has been no obstruction as it was cleared hours prior. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Resident said:

17 minutes is criminally negligent as far as I'm concerned. Especially when the system was sold to the public as no longer than 2 minutes. 

 

Highways Agency seem to be grossly incompetent when it comes to these smart motorways. 

 

Who remembers the debacle where a smart motorway was set and left at a TWENTY mph limit? (Link

 

I've personally driven down the "smart" M1 in South Yorkshire, noticed warning signs for stopped vehicles, debris etc. In many of these cases there has been no obstruction as it was cleared hours prior. 

 

 

Any such notices can only be taken down when they have had “eyes on”, I was told. 
Hence they can be on for a while - you get what you pay for and if the teams are tied up with hapless motorists who have a predictable (and mostly avoidable)  flat tyre ...

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4 hours ago, DT Ralge said:

Any such notices can only be taken down when they have had “eyes on”, I was told. 
Hence they can be on for a while - you get what you pay for and if the teams are tied up with hapless motorists who have a predictable (and mostly avoidable)  flat tyre ...

HA staff aren't allowed to help with flat tyres to the point that they've taken jacks out of the 4x4s.

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3 hours ago, tinfoilhat said:

HA staff aren't allowed to help with flat tyres to the point that they've taken jacks out of the 4x4s.

Indeed, but they often babysit until someone else turns up to help out. 

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2 hours ago, DT Ralge said:

Indeed, but they often babysit until someone else turns up to help out. 

Which is a waste of everybody's time! 

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13 hours ago, tinfoilhat said:

Which is a waste of everybody's time! 

Yes, when a flat tyre is mostly avoidable - in my daily experience, drivers checking their tyre pressure is low priority and rarely done.  
“my car tells me...” - some tech is really good, other tech is not, depending on what level of tech.  Drivers question and know little about the tech they have and, with that, are unaware of its limitations. 

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18 hours ago, tinfoilhat said:

Which is a waste of everybody's time! 

A waste of time maybe but certainly a great help in avoiding injury or death. The HA vehicles are generally more visible than most vehicles and, if it can help other motorists see an incident, it's a waste of time most of us would accept.

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3 hours ago, max said:

A waste of time maybe but certainly a great help in avoiding injury or death. The HA vehicles are generally more visible than most vehicles and, if it can help other motorists see an incident, it's a waste of time most of us would accept.

You miss my point, I'd be very happy to see HA staff, but it seems odd the powers that be take away their ability to help people.

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15 hours ago, tinfoilhat said:

You miss my point, I'd be very happy to see HA staff, but it seems odd the powers that be take away their ability to help people.

I can understand why the ability to help in changing tyres has been removed. Having had a blowout on the M25 I spent a very chilling 30 minutes changing my tyre. I had my OH on debris watch and on at least 3 occasions was told to duck as yet another chunk of debris was hoisted in the air towards me by passing vehicles.

 

Not a pleasant experience and I'm sure the unions worked hard to avoid their members being exposed to similar danger.

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