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Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

I was driving on a highway from Lausanne to Cossonay during a rush hour practicing for my driving license exchange exam.

It was a two-lane highway, and I was cruising on the right lane a little under the speed limit.

Until the Crissier entry ramp, the emergency lane (highway shoulder) on the right open for normal traffic, and now I am driving on the middle lane (see attached photo).

The question are
1. Should I move to the newly open rightmost emergency lane?
2. Regardless of the solid line on the ground of the emergency lane, I can cross that solid line and treat it as a dashed line correct?
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Old 14.07.2021, 15:57
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

Could you post the location on google maps?
Judging by the sign on the far right, there are 3 lanes open for traffic.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

Short answer - yes.

Unless you're overtaking another vehicle you should always be in the righthand lane.
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Old 14.07.2021, 16:08
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

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I was driving on a highway from Lausanne to Cossonay during a rush hour practicing for my driving license exchange exam.

It was a two-lane highway, and I was cruising on the right lane a little under the speed limit.

Until the Crissier entry ramp, the emergency lane (highway shoulder) on the right open for normal traffic, and now I am driving on the middle lane (see attached photo).

The question are
1. Should I move to the newly open rightmost emergency lane?
2. Regardless of the solid line on the ground of the emergency lane, I can cross that solid line and treat it as a dashed line correct?
According to you picture there are three lanes, one is produced including the emergency lane. Which means the original line of the original emergency lane is to be ignored.

The unusual thing here is that normally the knew/temporary lines would be in orange as they are temporary.

If there is a chance the examiner will take you through this part, do ask a pro of the area to be sure.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

This bit of the A1 changes from 2 lanes to 3 lanes depending on traffic and time of day. What you call the breakdown lane actually isn’t when the overhead (and roadside) signs indicate it is 3 lanes. (There are breakdown areas every km or so)

So, yes, you should move to the right and yes you can ignore the road markings.

When 3 lanes are open the speed limit reduces as well, usually to 100. But also to 80 as your picture shows.

This is/was an experiment to see if the breakdown lanes can be used to improve traffic flow. I have no idea what has been determined.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

One of the first experimental sections was between Morges and Ecublens and it was determined to be a success so opened up to other sections.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

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Short answer - yes.

Unless you're overtaking another vehicle you should always be in the righthand lane.
Not sure why StarDeMer groaned you on this. Sure, there are exceptions but as you wrote, the short answer is yes.

Perhaps they are one of those knobs I overheard here who basically said that they only drove in the outside lane as anything else would be an assault on their manhood.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

As others have said, yes, assuming that third lane is open. They are generally open during rush hour and packed holiday weekends only, with a reduction in speed. Other times it's the normal two lanes, normal speed. Look up at the markers above the lanes as you enter to determine this. If you are using GPS, best to ignore it, most of the time it's wrong.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

I dont think it should be considered 'an emergency lane' as obviously it can be used as a third lane , the green light and the arrow are in fact indicating that.

My only worry would be if that lane is ending soon, then you'd have to go left in that middle lane again.
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I dont think it should be considered 'an emergency lane' as obviously it can be used as a third lane , the green light and the arrow are in fact indicating that.

My only worry would be if that lane is ending soon, then you'd have to go left in that middle lane again.
Actually that lane actually becomes a regular third lane just before the junction, with the two right lanes going right. The middle lane can either go right or straight ahead while the left lane continues straight ahead.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

When it's open it's irrelevant in practice as all three lanes are packed so this is a purely theoretical question.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

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I have no idea what has been determined.
the USTRA/ASTRA is expanding it to new projects as well so I think they're happy with it.

More lanes and lower speed limits increase the road capacity.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

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Could you post the location on google maps?
Judging by the sign on the far right, there are 3 lanes open for traffic.
It is here https://goo.gl/maps/3g42wrPcWQ21DhKe9

It’s not Crissier entrance. It’s where highway 9 from Vevey Lausanne merged with highway 1 toward Yverdon, Nuchatel, Bern.

As others said, the third lane opens depend on the amount of traffic.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

Thank you for the reply from everyone.

I got it now, I should move to the rightmost lane unless I am overtaking. The solid line marking on the ground can be ignored and it can be crossed if safe to do so. I can treat the breakdown lane as normal traffic lane as it is open for normal traffic.

Also, I must note that the speed limit is reduced.
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Thank you for the reply from everyone.

Also, I must note that the speed limit is reduced.
As the overhead signs, every few hundred meters, show the speed, that will difficult to miss.
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More lanes and lower speed limits increase the road capacity.
I did not believe it times ago, I totally changed my mind when they converted the highway that goes into Mestre (Venice) from 2 lanes to 3 "dynamic" lanes and the situation improved dramatically. It converted the stretch from "totally blocked most of the day" to "full but flowing".

Regarding what to do in case of conflicting signals, the general rule of thumb is that signals which are more easily changed have priority. So traffic agents have higher priority, then lights, then signs on poles, and finally the lines on the road.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

What's the problem driving in the middle ?
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

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What's the problem driving in the middle ?
OP is practicing for his/her driving license exchange exam.
And unless you're overtaking, you're supposed to stay in the right-most lane of your direction of travel.
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

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OP is practicing for his/her driving license exchange exam.
And unless you're overtaking, you're supposed to stay in the right-most lane of your direction of travel.
i never do that, just ride wherever it feels more comfortable, if someone faster approaching from behind give way. but I see why its needed for exam
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Old 15.07.2021, 11:04
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Re: Highway emergency lane open for normal traffic, should I move to the right?

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What's the problem driving in the middle ?
But embarrassing though to stay in the middle lane.

Are you elderly, set in your ways and your ideal day out is to park somewhere and eat sandwiches in your car with a thermos of hot tea?

If so then yes, the middle lane is for you!
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