Measures that were brought in back in 2013 mean that any drivers who are spotted lane hogging can be pulled over and fined on the spot. The fines amount to £100 a time and replace the need for police officers to take each driver to court. The officers can also give drivers who are guilty of this offence three points on their licence each time they are spotted hogging a particular lane.
The idea is that offences can be dealt with straightaway rather than having to go through the court system. This will free up time in court for other more serious offences and also save significant costs. Drivers who are pulled over for such offences will also have the option to avoid the fine and take a driving course instead. It is hoped that the new measures will cut down on lane hogging and also ensure drivers become safer and more aware on the roads. A variety of other driving offences may also be combated by on-the-spot fines instead of court cases, which tend to drag on and involve a lot of manpower and paperwork.
Why is lane hogging dangerous?
Most drivers are aware of what lane hogging is, but few of them will think they do it. It occurs when a driver stays in one specific lane on a motorway and doesn’t move in or out of the other lanes when required. This can be dangerous as it means other cars have to slow down to avoid accidents. Typical examples include driving in the middle lane all the time or choosing the inside lane even when cars are indicating to pull out of the slip road. Other drivers go into the outside lane when they are driving far too slowly to be there.
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Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown