Motorists risk fines as data shows rise in ‘middle lane hoggers’

Motorists are putting themselves at risk of heavy fines and license penalty points by breaking one of the most well-know driving rules.

New data from Direct Line car insurance shows that half of the vehicles on UK motorways occupy the middle lane and 27 per cent drive in the outside lane.

The Highway Code states “you should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear”. The punishment for breaking this rule, if caught, is a £100 fine and 3 license penalty points – although it is tough to police.

Some excuses used by drivers is that they know they will have to overtake lorries further down the motorway (43 per cent) and that they don’t want to change lanes too often (33 per cent).

Rob Miles, director of car insurance at Direct Line, commented: “Our analysis of traffic flows shows that millions of drivers risk prosecution by travelling in the middle and outside lanes when the inside lanes are entirely clear.

“It’s important that we increase awareness of the rules and penalties, primarily because they exist to keep road users safe but also drivers face serious fines and endorsements that will stay on their record for four years.”

James Ash


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January 11, 2018

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