It’s taken two years but finally someone has been punished for ‘hogging’ the centre lane of a motorway.
This week, Leeds Magistrates fined a motorist £940, with five penalty points on his licence, for inconsiderate driving. He is said to have declined numerous opportunities to pull into the left hand lane. The prescribed fine is £100 and three points, but the man had failed to attend court after ‘assuming’ it was only a minor offence.
Prosecutors claimed the offender had been observed blocking off at least six cars, who’s drivers had subsequently been forced to brake and overtake, when he had enough time and space to move into the inside lane.
But, it seems he is not alone!
A poll last year, by insurers Direct Line, found that 43% of more than 2,000 drivers questioned, admitted they regularly drive in the middle lane because it was an “easier way to drive” and “saves me changing lanes” A further 18% claimed it was just a “driving habit”.
However, officials say motorway capacity is being reduced by around 30% because of middle lane ‘hoggers’
How much in time and expense is that costing the logistics industry – and ultimately the consumer – each year?
If police continue to concentrate on sourcing drivers committing this offence, traffic flow on motorways will either speed up considerably, or motorists will be providing the Treasury with an even easier source of funds than we do now!
You can’t say we haven’t all been warned!
Part 264 of the Highway Code states: “You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”