Do you know the proper etiquette of the motorway? These busy roads are central to the transport sector across the UK, connecting major cities from north to south and east to west. But driving on them can be a daunting and sometimes confusing ask for those who are not used to motorway travel.
For one van driver in West Yorkshire, not keeping abreast of the latest rules of the motorway have cost him dearly, however, as he was fined when he became the first person in the UK to be convicted of hogging the middle lane of the motorway.
The law changed in 2013 to allow police to take action against drivers who were acting in a dangerous or reckless manner, but no one had previously fallen foul of the changes until the Citroen Berlingo van driver was pulled over on the M62.
Police said the driver had persistently refused to move out of the middle lane of the busy road, even though a number of other drivers had to brake, slow down and overtake him. They adjudged him to have been going too slow in a lane that should have been used for overtaking other drivers.
Leeds Magistrates’ Court was told that the driver had numerous opportunities to move into the inside lane but failed to do so.
And for his crime, the driver was hit hard, no doubt to send out a message to drivers that this behaviour is unacceptable. He was given five points on his licence and fined £500, as well as a £40 victim surcharge and £400 in costs.
The importance of making sure you are driving in the correct lane cannot be overlooked. Experts say that drivers who are in fast lanes and moving too slowly lead to approximately a third of motorway capacity being wasted. It is this, they say, that leads to congestion on roads nationwide.
Posted by Danielle Barge