Keep the shoulders clear: RACQ

RACQ released dashcam footage to Seven News Brisbane which showed the difficulties the TRU units had in responding to the fuel tanker rollover on the M1 which had traffic delays for more than 15 hours.

RACQ spokesperson Steve Spalding said while heavy traffic was often incredibly frustrating for motorists, driving in the shoulder lanes was never an option.

“Those lanes are for emergency vehicles and traffic control units making their way to a crash scene,” Mr Spalding said.

“If an ambulance is blocked, it could be a matter of life and death for the patient.

“The longer it takes for police, fire crews and TRUs to get to the crash site, the longer drivers will be sitting in traffic.”

Mr Spalding also reminded motorists the safest place for them to be while stuck in traffic was in their vehicles with their seatbelt on.

“Standing outside your car, even when traffic is stopped is still dangerous,” he said.

“If a motorbike filtered between lanes, you could be at risk and you don’t know when traffic will start moving again.”