Emergency roadside telephone
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Emergency roadside telephones (ERT) or SOS phones are telephones for emergency use by the roadside, most commonly on motorways, but also next to hardshoulders, laybys or junctions on other main (usually trunk) routes. The telephones connect to the traffic control centres or police control rooms.
Motoring organisation phones
Main article: Motoring organisation telephone
The motoring organisations AA and RAC formerly operated roadside telephones which could connect to either organisation's control centres for breakdowns or police control for other emergencies.
Many of these have been removed or taken out of service, but some of the more modern phones are now operated by the trunk road agencies as normal ERTs.