Emergency lane pilot project extended in eight languages

Many foreign truck drivers use Hessen as a transit country. After accidents, they too have to pay attention to emergency lanes. Because of the corona consequences, the country is now extending a pilot project with multilingual information.

Obligatory: emergency lane after accidents

AForeign truck drivers in Hesse should continue to be advised of emergency lanes with radio messages in different languages. A pilot project with a radio warning system, which has been running since August 2018, should be continued, said a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior in Wiesbaden on request. The project was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of June. Because of the Corona crisis, it will be extended until the end of the year.

The effect of the system cannot yet be conclusively assessed, said the spokesman. This would require a larger number of cases with emergency lanes and trucks involved. Due to the contact restrictions during the corona pandemic, the volume of traffic was too low.

Lots of foreign truck drivers

The ministry and the state fire brigade association had started the project. Truck drivers should be advised by radio to form an emergency lane at accident sites. Since there are many foreign truck drivers on Hesse’s autobahn, the warning messages are broadcast in eight different languages.

The fire brigades in Bad Hersfeld, Kirchheim, Limburg, Seligenstadt and Neu-Isenburg are testing the technology. They are the highway fire brigades with the most deployments in the country. The radio warning devices can simultaneously broadcast a stored message in a different language on eight channels – they broadcast in Hungarian, German, Czech, Russian, English, Turkish, Romanian and Polish.

The rescue lane is a must and can save lives. But again and again, car or truck drivers create them far too late or incorrectly. On roads out of town or on motorways with at least two lanes in each direction, the following applies: even before emergency services or tow trucks approach in a traffic jam, the emergency lane must be formed at walking pace. To do this, the cars in the left lane drive to the left and those in the other lanes to the right.