DARTFORD MP Gareth Johnson is urging drivers to take care on the motorways when they pass recovery vehicles. This comes following a visit last week to Dynes Motor Group, which operates a Roadside Rescue and Recovery business out of Dartford.
The Dartford-based business is part of the Campaign for Safer Roadside Rescue Recovery – set up following the death of one of its employees who was tragically killed when he was carrying out a roadside recovery on the M25 in September last year. It is estimated that nationally one road side recovery worker is killed every two months.
The aims of the campaign include raising awareness of the dangers posed to recovery operators and allowing workers to be able to display prominent red lights while they are attending accidents and breakdowns rather than the amber light they are currently able to use.
Mr Johnson said: “Roadside recovery is essential for motorists and making it safer for those who do this work is very important. The people who carry out this work are placed at significant risk when carrying out the recovery of vehicles at the roadside, particularly on motorways. If motorists are aware they need to slow down and, if it’s safe to do so, move over a lane then this could dramatically reduce the chances of death or serious injury. If a red light would help make it clearer that a recovery is taking place, I would support this change.
No one should have to go work in unsafe conditions. It is a tragedy that people have lost their lives in their work of helping motorists who have broken down or had an accident on the road.
One death on the roads is one too many and I hope some small changes can be brought in so that work is safer for those people working in the rescue and recovery business.”