A straw poll of event management professionals over the last decade shows overwhelming support for stopping the use of hazard lights as a matter of course on event sites. They agree it is counterproductive and in some circumstances may be dangerous on site and back on the road when drivers forget to cancel them.
The origin of this practise is uncertain, and could well be the subject of a dissertation by a student on an event management course.
While there may be validity in some of these reasons, none of them outweigh the ability to indicate which way a driver intends to turn.
The situation has not been helped by the requirement being included in the Event Safety Guide (HSG 195) which is the Health and Safety Executive’s guide to event safety and a point of reference for event organisers, licensing officers and enforcement agencies.
If additional visibility is required use dipped headlights or a beacon. You can get a beacon with a magnetic base to attach to the top of your car and which plugs into the cigarette lighter for a few pounds.
If it’s good enough for Starsky and Hutch…
To change the mindset and habits of event staff and drivers on sites by training event staff to stop telling drivers to turn their hazards on and for drivers to stop turning hazard lights on out of habit.
The immediate objectives are:
Longer term objectives are:
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Hazard warning signal device [may not be] used other than–
(i) to warn persons using the road of a temporary obstruction when the vehicle is at rest; or
(ii) on a motorway or unrestricted dual-
(iii) in the case of a bus, to summon assistance for the driver or any person acting as a conductor or inspector on the vehicle.
Para 116 (2012 edition)
Hazard warning lights.
These may be used when your vehicle is stationary, to warn that it is temporarily obstructing traffic.
Never use them as an excuse for dangerous or illegal parking.
You MUST NOT use hazard warning lights while driving or being towed unless you are on a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway and you need to warn drivers behind you of a hazard or obstruction ahead.
Only use them for long enough to ensure that your warning has been observed.