Hazard warning lights when boarding a ferry (1 Viewer)

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So, just back from a trip to La Belle France (Biscarosse). Crossed from our local port at Portsmouth to St Malo, a journey we have done many times in various vehicles if Caen and Cherbourg are included. What was noticeable this time was the number of drivers that when their queue started moving, put their hazard lights on. Is this a requirement or just a fad? Personally, I can't see the point but I guess the come back to that would be "why not put them on" and the comeback to that would be "because it is confusing - how do I know that there isn't an actual hazard (stalled car etc) rather than just someone doing what we are all doing - boarding the ferry slowly and safely?"
 
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Hello. If you look at the windscreen of the vehicle with the hazard lights on you will see at least 1 white circular sticker with 9C in blue letters. This identifies that a person in that vehicle is either disabled or has reduced mobility. The hazard lights are an instruction by the ferry Company so the vehicle guides can put those vehicles into the correct lane.
 
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I noticed the same thing at Newhaven last night. Seen it before but only a very occasional vehicle.

Edit....Now seen the explanation aboveđź‘Ť
 
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Hello. If you look at the windscreen of the vehicle with the hazard lights on you will see at least 1 white circular sticker with 9C in blue letters. This identifies that a person in that vehicle is either disabled or has reduced mobility. The hazard lights are an instruction by the ferry Company so the vehicle guides can put those vehicles into the correct lane.
I didn't know that ,thanks for the heads up.
Something else learned today, (y)
 
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Highway code states they should not be used on a moving vehicle???

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Highway code states they should not be used on a moving vehicle???
This has always seemed a nonsense to me. If you are being forced to slow right down fairly quickly then hazard lights help alert drivers behind you.
On one occasion I approached what turned out to be a accident in a residential road necessitating me to turn round. Used my hazard lights. Was praised by attendant police as so few had done so!

off thread, I know. Sorry.
 
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Hello. If you look at the windscreen of the vehicle with the hazard lights on you will see at least 1 white circular sticker with 9C in blue letters. This identifies that a person in that vehicle is either disabled or has reduced mobility. The hazard lights are an instruction by the ferry Company so the vehicle guides can put those vehicles into the correct lane.
Thanks for the explanation. I wondered if that might be a reason - in which case it is good to see so many people with mobility problems travelling these days.

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This has always seemed a nonsense to me. If you are being forced to slow right down fairly quickly then hazard lights help alert drivers behind you.
On one occasion I approached what turned out to be a accident in a residential road necessitating me to turn round. Used my hazard lights. Was praised by attendant police as so few had done so!

off thread, I know. Sorry.

Thanks for the explanation. I wondered if that might be a reason - in which case it is good to see so many people with mobility problems travelling these days.
You might notice when they start loading that 20 or so cars will go on and then some disabled people. They are placed by the car deck exits where there is a lift. They also spread the vehicles out so the doors can be fully opened.
 
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The boats have always used this system so that they can load appropriately so the people with reduced mobility can be parked nearer lifts and stairs and reduce their walking .they are also called back to vehicles first so they have additional time to get into the vehicle whilst the able bodied follow and are quicker to get back.into their vehicles. as there are no lifts or stairs on the train they will have different internal systems to warn of additional requirements such as trailers as they cannot be seen behind a larger vehicle. No many people leave their vehicle on the train so it's not a consideration when loading . Love knowing why things are done (y)

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Hello. If you look at the windscreen of the vehicle with the hazard lights on you will see at least 1 white circular sticker with 9C in blue letters. This identifies that a person in that vehicle is either disabled or has reduced mobility. The hazard lights are an instruction by the ferry Company so the vehicle guides can put those vehicles into the correct lane.
100% correct, we do this when boarding, the crew can then place us next to/ near the lifts.
 
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