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Most bizarre reasons for stopping on hard shoulder revealed

Highways England is reminding drivers to only use the hard shoulder in the event of an emergency as it reveals the reasons people give for illegally stopping on motorways.

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Highways England is reminding drivers not to stop on the hard shoulder

Although CCTV shows around 100 people are killed or seriously injured on hard shoulders each year (see footage here of a narrow escape when an out-of-control car skidded across the motorway), some people are still taking risks and using the hard shoulder for non-emergencies. This includes the parents who put the hard shoulder to action as a ‘naughty step’ on the side of the M4 near Bristol.

Other excuses for drivers illegally stopping included a family cooking a meal and someone getting out of a taxi to spend a penny.

Simon Jones, Highways England, regional director south east, said: “The advice is simple: Be prepared. Check your vehicle before you set out to avoid unnecessary breakdowns; don’t stop except in an emergency; and if you have to stop, make sure you know what to do.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.