10 Jan 2014.
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Lack of Spare Wheel Could Puncture Managed Motorways
Drivers Lobby Group the Alliance of British Drivers have expressed concern that losing the hard shoulder on the proposed M1 Managed Motorway scheme could jeopardise motorists safety.
The group are concerned that the modern trend for car manufacturers to substitute a can of foam for a proper full size spare wheel will put lives at risk where there is no longer a motorway hard shoulder.

ABD Spokesman Hugh Bladon commented
"At motorway speeds, drivers need to be able to pull over as soon as possible in the event of a puncture to prevent the tyre shredding and possibly losing control of the car. The lack of a hard shoulder on the modern so called "Smart Motorways" means drivers have no alternative but to continue to the next "refuge". A can of foam will not inflate a shredded tyre, leaving the driver stranded."
The ABD has received a number of calls from people expressing concern about the modern trend for manufacturers to sell new cars without a proper full-sized spare wheel, including a lady recently stranded at night.

Hugh Bladon added
"If the Government is determined to do away with the hard shoulder on motorways then it must do more to ensure drivers safety by ensuring car manufacturers provide, at the very least, a space-saver spare tyre, and a full size spare wheel as an option."

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