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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Breakdown met your vehicle

No distinction is made between breakdown on the carriageway and breakdown on the hard shoulder. In both cases, the following applies:

  • Ensure your own safety
    • Switch on your warning lights to warn the traffic
    • Pull on a safety bib before leaving your vehicle. This applies to all occupants
    • After an accident or during a breakdown on the road/highway no-one should remain in the vehicle. Only in the event of (suspected) injury should you leave that person in the vehicle
    • Never remain in the carriageway
    • Never push a car to the roadside
    • Always be aware of the traffic, also any traffic on the hard shoulder
    • Stand behind the crash barrier (middle or verge) or in the verge, but do not cross carriageways

Breakdown on the carriageway

 

  • Ensure your own safety
    • Switch on your warning lights to warn the traffic
    • Pull on a safety bib before leaving your vehicle. This applies to all occupants
    • After an accident or during a breakdown on the road/highway no-one should remain in the vehicle. Only in the event of (suspected) injury should you leave that person in the vehicle
    • Never remain in the carriageway
    • Never push a car to the roadside
    • Always be aware of the traffic, also any traffic on the hard shoulder
    • Stand behind the crash barrier (middle or verge) or in the verge, but do not cross carriageways
  • Call 112 for assistance
    • Explain where you are; are you on a road or a highway?
      1. When reporting the accident or breakdown provide all the information about the closest marker post:
        • the road number, like A4
        • the marker post, like 50.8
        • Li (left) of Re (right) and (if stated) the black letter on the yellow background, like ‘t’

Breakdown on the hard shoulder

 

  • Ensure your own safety
    • Switch on your warning lights to warn the traffic
    • Pull on a safety bib before leaving your vehicle. This applies to all occupants
    • After an accident or during a breakdown on the road/highway no-one should remain in the vehicle. Only in the event of (suspected) injury should you leave that person in the vehicle
    • Never remain in the carriageway
    • Never push a car to the roadside
    • Always be aware of the traffic, also any traffic on the hard shoulder
    • Stand behind the crash barrier (middle or verge) or in the verge, but do not cross carriageways
  • Call the breakdown service for your car or use the emergency phone
  • Call 112 for assistance
    • Explain where you are; are you on a road or a highway?
      1. When reporting the accident or breakdown provide all the information about the closest marker post:
        • the road number, like A4
        • the marker post, like 50.8
        • Li (left) of Re (right) and (if stated) the black letter on the yellow background, like ‘t’

Use of the hard shoulder

The hard shoulder is only for use in emergencies, so only use it in extreme need, partly because:

  • road users do not expect vehicles here
  • road users cannot see the hard shoulder if they are driving behind larger vehicles
  • the difference in speed between a stationary vehicle and the traffic on the adjacent lane is at least 80 kph

The hard shoulder is for use by the emergency services only. If you have no choice but to use the hard shoulder, then:

  • ensure your own safety
  • put your car as far as possible to the side
  • step out to the side opposite to that where the traffic is driving
  • stand behind the crash barrier and
    • in an emergency, call 112
    • if a breakdown, see ‘Breakdown with your vehicle’
  • do not distract other traffic
  • never stand on the hard shoulder yourself
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