Motorway rest areas kicked into the long grass?

Rest areas, which were intended to tackle the problem of driver fatigue, have become one of the latest victims of the Government’s austerity programme according to the Daily Telegraph.

These areas that are common place on European roads and were proposed as part of the 2006 Road Safety Act, along with plans for so-called alcolocks – devices which prevented a drivers starting the car if they had been drinking.

These areas are seen as offering drivers some respite during a long journey.

However on the continent funding for the rest areas is provided by road tolls, which have been ruled out by the Government.

The decision not to fund rest areas worried Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.

“Fatigue is a very significant factor in crashes at night on the motorway network. If rest areas have proven too expensive, the government needs to renew its advertising campaign to get the message through to drivers about the need to take a break before you fall asleep at the wheel.”

 
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