Further Blow To Smart Motorways

Sun 28th Aug 2022

In a week when Rishi Sunak revealed that he would ban smart motorways, a leading transport logistics organisation has reported that the nation’s courier drivers have major concerns.

The Courier Support Survey, conducted by Courier Exchange, has found smart motorways to be the greatest risk to health and safety while driving. The survey, which has gathered the opinions of 287 courier companies to find the largest pressures within the industry reports that couriers find the motorways even more dangerous than driving tired.

“This can be an emotive issue, but the most important consideration should be that those using the UK’s roads – especially people such as couriers who rely on them so heavily – have the information they need to operate safely and with confidence,” said Almaz Cleary, sales manager ar Courier Exchange.

“There are continuously new developments in this industry, and it can sometimes be difficult to adapt. Seeking out accurate information from authoritative sources and voicing concerns with fellow members of the industry can help companies progress and thrive.”

While new smart motorways are currently being paused while further research is done by the Department for Transport, existing works are continuing on the M1, near Milton Keynes.

But speaking in his bid to be the next Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has promised to ban smart motorways completely saying: The UK is a passionate driving nation because driving provides freedom. Whilst transport in this country needs to get greener, that doesn’t mean it has to be at the expense of driving cars.

“We need to stop making life difficult for the vast majority of people across the UK who rely on a car as their primary source of transport to healthcare, employment, and other essential day-to-day things.

“Smart motorways are unpopular because they are unsafe. We need to listen to drivers, be on their side and stop with the pursuit of policies that go against common sense.

“As Chancellor, I introduced the largest cut to fuel duty in a generation, and as prime minister I will go further so that we stop the war on motorists once and for all.”