A UK motorist has been handed a ticket for careless driving after being caught driving in the middle lane of the motorway.
Middle lane hogging is a loathed bad habit of motorists across the country and is also a contravention of motorway road rules.
Rule 264 of the Highway Code said: “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.”
Thames Valley Police posted video footage of the offender on the motorway.
It said: “Pro tip to avoid #MiddleLaneHogging: If Lane 1 is clear, move across!
“The driver was in Lane 2 of the M4 for over a mile whilst @TVPRP were directly behind in a marked police car.
“Lane 1 was clear the entire time…The driver was issued a ticket for careless driving.”
The motorist was travelling in a silver BMW between junctions 12 and 13 in the M4. Drivers are being encouraged to “move across” into the left-hand lane if it is empty and they aren’t overtaking.
This comes after new data revealed that the number of crash casualties caused by slow drivers increased by a third between 2016 and 2017.
The Department for Transport figures revealed that there were a total of 175 injuries and two deaths as a result.
Luke Bosdet, an AA spokesman added that it’s not just slow drivers that are leading to the rise in accidents. He believes that it is also the impatient motorists behind them.
He said: “The fact of the matter is that some people are so keen to get ahead they will take risks.”
Motorists caught middle lane hogging can be fined £100 and land three penalty points.
Similarly, careless driving can land you a £100 fine and three penalty points, which can increase up to a maximum penalty of £5,000, nine points and disqualification.
Daily Express :: Cars Feed