A shocking new video reveals that police officers will pull you over if you are caught hogging the middle lane of the motorway.
“Please take a moment to learn how NOT to stop on the m’way when requested to do so by police.
“Fortunately the drivers behind held back to a safe distance allowing this incident to come to a safe conclusion! M55 B’pool – Can you guess the initial offence?”
The officers then confirmed in a reply that the driver was, in fact, middle lane hogging.
The driver faced some backlash online from other road users.
One said: “We are spending billions on smart motorways, when all that’s really needed is for ‘thick’ drivers to abide by the laws,” said one driver.
“They now sit in the third lane on smart motorways overtaking no one. Complete waste of money. Well done for enforcement,” they added.
“There is always lane hogging on that motorway.. every single time i am on that motorway.. someone is in the middle lane hogging it!!! joke,” moaned another driver.
Middle lane hogging refers to a motorist staying put in the central lane, despite the left lane being free.
Doing this goes against advice outlined in the Highway Code.
Rule 264 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.
“Slow-moving or speed-restricted vehicles should always remain in the left-hand lane of the carriageway unless overtaking.
“You MUST NOT drive on the hard shoulder except in an emergency or if directed to do so by the police, traffic officers in uniform or by signs.”
Any motorist now caught in the middle lane for an inordinate amount of time can also face a fine and penalty points.
Middle lane hogging carries a £100 fine and three penalty points in the UK.
Published at Sat, 08 Dec 2018 09:01:00 +0000