Middle lane hogging rife despite new laws

August 22, 2014 | By | In News

Many drivers still stubbornly sit in the middle lane on motorways, a year after a law was brought in to penalise those who fail to move over.

New research has revealed that a substantial 59 per cent of drivers fail to pull in to the inside lane after overtaking in the middle lane, reports the Mirror.

Furthermore, 52 per cent of drivers are aware that staying in the middle lane is against the law. The research found that those aged over 65 years old were most likely to remain in the middle lane when they could have pulled in sooner.

Rob Miles, director of motor trading at Direct Line, told the Mirror: “Lane hogging causes congestion, reduces the capacity of the roads, and most crucially, can be dangerous.

“It is also illegal which means drivers could face a £100-on-the-spot fine and three points on their licence if caught," he continued.

Indeed, in Motors.co.uk's recent campaign to take the Caruffle out of driving, the practice of middle lane hogging was repeatedly flagged as one of the most frustrating issues facing drivers on the roads today.

The location with the highest incidence of middle lane hogging in the UK was found to be on the M4 near Slough. These results came from analysis of traffic flow data from around 6,500 locations across the Highways Agency motorway network and from insurance company Direct Line.

Lane hogging causes congestion, reduces the capacity of the roads, and most crucially, can be dangerous.

Miles added: “Motorists are risking their own safety and the safety of other road users through their actions, so we'd urge them to be aware of the other lanes and drivers around them when on the road.

"If the inside lane has space, you should move into it."

Driving in the middle lane of a motorway when the inside lane is free has been illegal since August 2013, with the penalty standing at a £100 fine, along with three points on the driver’s licence.

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