Innovative motorbike aids Midlands drivers UK
Help for drivers in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire to arrive on a new BMW bike
United Kingdom – Drivers in the Midlands may soon see a rider on a motorbike helping to clear blocked traffic.
This innovative new strategy from the Highways Agency involves the addition of the BMW 1200 GS bike to its fleet of incident support units (ISUs) in order to assist at accident scenes and areas of congested traffic.
The motorbike features strobe lights, a mobile phone, fire extinguisher, first aid kit and its own variable message sign (VMS).
It is anticipated that the measure will help authorities respond to such incidents in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire quicker than normal, ensuring that drivers experience minimal disruption.
Riders will be able to assess situations and initiate the relevant help procedures within a shorter period of time.
"The Highways Agency is continually looking for ways to improve safety and reduce disruption for drivers," says Iftikar Mir, area manager for the Agency.
"The use of bike and rider to address incidents as part of the managing agentâ€˜s toolkit is an invaluable resource for our network.
"We shall be monitoring its effectiveness in helping us to deal with incidents more quickly, safely and efficiently; and in our aim to keep inconvenience to other drivers to a minimum."