Drivers need adequate warning

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 June, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 June, 1993, 12:00am

MAINTENANCE trucks on the Tolo Highway frequently stop or move at a snail's pace in the passing lane without benefit of signs, cones, or other means of advance warning to motorists. A recent Sunday morning provided the latest instance of cars (including mine) whipping round a bend at 100 km/h only to be confronted with three tons of immobile yellow steel. A serious highway pile-up is just waiting to happen, and I would prefer not to participate.

Maintenance vehicles should never operate without posting adequate warning of their presence ahead. I realise this is difficult to do, particularly when they are on the move - but couldn't the first thing an unwary driver collides with be, for instance, a flashing sign on tow, and not the back of the truck itself? A second safety question: is there a telephone number for reporting highway accidents? It is not uncommon - particularly in the kind of wet weather we're having now - to see cars stopped, spun round, and broken down in the most dangerous places. Someone with a mobile phone could make a quick call to summon help.