RETTUNGSGASSE - Forming a Rescue Lane
When a crash occurs on multiple laned highways in B.C., drivers tend to stop in the same lane position that they use when driving. This often creates significant difficulties for emergency services, large fire department vehicles in particular, because there is no space for them to drive to the scene. Time lost to making way can come at a significant cost to the victims involved.
Some European countries have made the concept of the Rescue Lane or Emergency Corridor (Rettungsgasse) into law. Whenever traffic is jammed or appears that it might come to a standstill, drivers in the left lane must move to the left and drivers in the right lane(s) must move to the right. This automatically creates an empty emergency corridor that is ready for immediate use.
Drivers who fail to form a rescue lane and obstruct emergency vehicles or drivers who use it when they are not entitled to are subject to significant fines.
This would be an excellent addition to the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act.