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concerns of this vital industry and the
professionals who risk their own safety
to help others stranded on roadsides up
and down the UK.”
“Encountering a vehicle breakdown
or working at the side of the road is
extremely dangerous for our customers
and our network of vehicle recovery
operators. This campaign helps raise
awareness to all road users of the
importance of slowing down and moving
over and putting this into the Highway
Code will hopefully ensure that we
continue to reduce the risks for the
people who keep the country going by
attending vehicle breakdowns,” adds
Chris Keady, Network Manager for LV=
Britannia Rescue.
A spokesperson at AXA, says “The
work of an emergency breakdown
mechanic can often be treacherous with
many of them working in challenging
conditions to help motorists in their
time of need. With so many avoidable
mechanic deaths occurring on our
motorways every year, protecting these
workers should be an absolute priority
for government, and we’re proud to be
working with cross-industry partners
to raise awareness of the ‘Slow Down
Move Over’ campaign, helping make
sure mechanics are safe when attending
emergency breakdowns.”
“This campaign is so important to our
industry and our customers. If road
users see flashing lights or a stranded
vehicle, they should automatically think
ahead to slow down or move over
when it is safe to do so,” states Ben
Johnson, Director of Networks at Call
Assist. “Emergency services cannot
always reach an incident in time to
warn approaching traffic and road users
should always ensure they approach
incidents with due care and attention for
the safety of the roadside technician, our
stranded customers and of course, their
own safety to avoid a collision.”
Another supporter of the campaign is
Richard Goddard, Managing Director
of one of the UK’s leading rescue and
recovery operators, Automania. He
spearheads an All Party Parliamentary
Group in partnership with public affairs
specialists Tendo, to get the industry
recognised as the 4th emergency
service alongside the police, ambulance
and fire service. Richard is lobbying
Government to back the use of red
lights by technicians and recovery
operators, which will be vital in getting
motorists to slow down and move away.
Comments Richard Goddard: “Recovery
agents need protecting, and whilst the
safety of passengers is important, so is
the safety of our staff and all assistance
professionals. The industry lost 3 agents
in the last year, which confirms how
serious this matter is.”
Paul Anstee of Slow Down Move Over,
concludes: “This is a really important
time. We have the attention and wide
support of independent vehicle recovery
operators, breakdown clubs and trade
associations and are now calling upon
those with specialist skills to grow the
campaign further. The vision of Slow
Down Move Over is to build a group that
is all encompassing, reflective of our
industry, transparent in its approach and
free from any ‘industry politics’, focusing
purely on safety.”
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