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    Default Highway Code : Stopping on a bridge

    I remember in my first copy of the Highway Code there was a mention that you MUST NOT stop on a bridge over a carriageway

    However, since 1996 this reference no longer appears
    If anyone has an older copy of the Highway Code, could they check this for me
    I am after the rule number, reference Act, and ideally exact wording

    Personally, I think it only applied to bridges over Motorways

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    I guess they got rid of the rule so they could park speed camera vehicles on them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dac100 View Post
    I guess they got rid of the rule so they could park speed camera vehicles on them!
    Last edited by mark_647; 27th October 2009 at 23:41.

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    That would be a very cynical point of view

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    But a very correct one,I have no doubt thats why it was dropped,can't let anything get in the way of the old bill having a nice little earner,having said that I have noticed around here they have eased off on the speed cameras,maybe they are all back on the beat,some hope,should say in Essex only serving old bill can man the greed cameras,this they do on there days off,ain't life grand

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    Quote Originally Posted by dac100 View Post
    I guess they got rid of the rule so they could park speed camera vehicles on them!
    That wouldn't be the case. All emergency vehicles are permitted to stop where ever they like to carry out their work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsco View Post
    That wouldn't be the case. All emergency vehicles are permitted to stop where ever they like to carry out their work.
    I would agree, but locally they are not police, they are a partnership scheme funded from fines and gov grant's hence they need to issue fines to self fund too.

    As it happens around us they do park on bridges, bends and central reservations as anyone traveeling along the a491 from the M5 would observe.

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    I know in most parts of the country thay have these partnerships they have them in Essex but every greed camera van in Essex is!!! occupied by a rozzer earning even more money doing what he likes best enforcing speed limits because it's easy.
    I think the most dangerous bit of road in the country in the morning rush hour is the M4 as you approach Cardiff no matter which way you are going as there are camera vans everywhere on bridges, laybys anywhere they can get one,it is dangerous for the poor motorist trying to get to work because everybody is looking at them an making poor decisions of late lane changes,people suddenly braking even though they are not speeding, as I said in another post increase the vans that catch the uninsured no road fund brigade and scrap these greed vans .

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsco View Post
    That wouldn't be the case. All emergency vehicles are permitted to stop where ever they like to carry out their work
    Providing it is for the purposes of their duties and they stop on the road
    Where this applies, then either hazard or blue lights MUST be used
    However, more recently special off-road bays have been constructed for this purpose, where this applies then warning lights would not be required

    Anyway, back to the point in question
    Can anyone see any current rules or legislation that prevents vehicles from stopping or parking on a bridge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Providing it is for the purposes of their duties and they stop on the road
    Hence why I stated:

    Quote Originally Posted by parsco View Post
    That wouldn't be the case. All emergency vehicles are permitted to stop where ever they like to carry out their work.
    The work I do is the same. I have a 'get out of jail free card' so to speak to park anywhere I like (as long as I am not causing an immediate obstruction) to carry out my work on the roads (Inspections etc...).


    -Apologies, back to topic...

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