When travelling in the UK, I often see this sign when there are roadworks:
This results in a few questions:
What does this exactly mean and are there specific reasons when is used?
Where will you be recovered to?
Does this replace breakdown cover?
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The signs are shown in places where a broken down car would create traffic problems or danger. So people responsible for road traffic would rather pay out to take you to a safe place rather than you staying there. They would also rather pay out to take you to a safe place rather than you getting out of your car, trying to fix whatever problem you have, and getting hit by a car.
"Free recovery" will take your car to the nearest safe place, which can be reached safely by someone who can fix your car. Which is your responsibility, and which you pay for (unless you have some kind of insurance covering it).
- What does this exactly mean and are there specific reasons when is used?
This is used under specific conditions listed below and it means you will be recovered to the end of the roadworks to avoid build up of traffic.
- Where will you be recovered to?
The end of the roadworks.
- Does this replace breakdown cover?
No, this does not and all motorists are advised to have breakdown cover.
The GOV website provides details on when/where this sign is used and what it means:
If a vehicle breaks down or is damaged during roadworks it can result in congestion, delays or even accidents. To make sure broken down vehicles are cleared quickly, Highways England arranges a free recovery service through roadworks on our network where one or more of the following applies:
- the hard shoulder is being used as a running (“live”) lane
- there is no direct access to the hard shoulder, lay-bys and emergency refuges
- we have reduced carriageway lane widths
- we have suspended use of the emergency telephones
This service moves vehicles that are broken down, damaged or abandoned to a nearby place of relative safety, for example the hard shoulder. Our free recovery service only operates within the limit of the works. Vehicles are not towed to your home or to a garage. You will be responsible for any further recovery.
Free recover does not replace break down cover. All motorists should be able to make their own recovery arrangements in the event of a breakdown or accident. We strongly advise that you have breakdown cover and carry details of this with you.
This does not replace breakdown cover.