Highway code: a new rule remains too little known, according to Touring
Lhe mobility organization Touring calls on the authorities to inform motorists more about the escape corridor system. The measure was introduced two years ago in the Belgian highway code but is still often unknown to users.
The emergency corridor is a measure aimed at facilitating the arrival of help at the scene of an accident. The principle is simple: motorists must clear the way by moving away from each other as soon as they hear the siren of the emergency services.
However, a Touring survey shows that after two years of application, the measure has still not been adopted and that many drivers do not yet have the reflex to deviate spontaneously. The association for the defense of motorists therefore considers it appropriate to recall the rule.
“All road users must compulsorily and permanently clear a passageway, even if no emergency vehicle is approaching, in order to maintain a free space at all times”, in the event of a slowdown or traffic jam, says Touring. “Thus, when traffic is dense or at a standstill, the highway code specifies that on a roadway with two lanes of traffic – or more – in the same direction, drivers traveling on the left lane keep to the left. while those who circulate on the other lanes tighten to the right, so as to create an emergency corridor between the left lane and the others, ”explains the association.
“This rule will be all the more efficient for the emergency services if it is followed by all users, without exception”, insists Touring, who therefore recommends strengthening the signs in this regard.
The association also calls for better information for foreign drivers, “because Belgium is a transit country, through which a large part of foreign traffic passes”. Touring also pleads for the principle of the emergency lane to be addressed during theoretical driving training.
Finally, Touring asks governments to ensure that the roads are wide enough to allow an emergency corridor to be freed up, which is not always the case. “Frequent reminders of the emergency corridor rule are displayed on the dynamic panels of the tunnels of the small belt in Brussels, while there is insufficient space to do so”, points out Touring.
The organization recalls that any driver who prevents the passage of a priority vehicle using his siren is liable to a fine of 174 euros, while the motorist who does not fall back to the side in the event of a traffic jam risks him , a fine of 58 euros.
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