First conviction for ‘middle lane hogging’
GEM comments on the first conviction for ‘middle lane hogging’ since it was made illegal nearly two years ago
GEM Motoring Assist offers comment on what’s believed to be the first conviction for the specific offence of ‘motorway middle lane hogging’ since it was introduced in 2013.
Ian Stephens was fined £940 after driving his Citroen Berlingo at 60mph in the central lane of the M62 between Rochdale and Huddersfield last August. Leeds magistrates also put five penalty points on his driving licence.
GEM chief executive David Williams MBE said: “Dangerous lane hogging is inconsiderate, increases motorway congestion and can inconvenience other road users. All drivers should know that they should use the inside lane unless overtaking. When they have finished overtaking, they should return to the inside lane.
“We welcome the conviction, although we would prefer drivers to understand the rules and use motorway lanes correctly, without the need for penalties and fines. We would also welcome more traffic police patrols on our motorways to provide an effective deterrent for those drivers who are otherwise more likely to ignore these rules.”
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