A driver who was recently convicted for staying in the middle lane of the motorway, while travelling on the M62 in West Yorkshire, is said to be the first person to have been convicted for the offence, under careless driving laws.
According to West Yorkshire Police, the Citroen Berlingo driver had a number of opportunities to move into the left-hand lane while on the motorway near Huddersfield last August; however, they failed to do so and continued “to drive in an inconsiderate manner”.
Police officers providing evidence for the case said that there were six occasions when other vehicles approached the rear of the Citroen, which continued in the middle lane at 60mph.
The driver’s failure to respond – by either changing speed or lane – meant that other drivers on the road were forced to suddenly drop their speed while waiting for a safe opportunity to overtake.
The unnamed motorist, who was driving between junction 22 and junction 23 of the M62 when they committed the offence, was given five driving licence penalty points following the hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.
A £500 fine – in addition to £400 in costs and a £40 victim surcharge – was also served to the driver.
PC Nigel Fawcett-Jones, from the force’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Lane-hogging causes congestion and inconvenience to other road users.
“It reduces the capacity of roads and motorways, and can lead to dangerous situations where other drivers ‘tailgate’ the vehicle in front to try and get the lane-hogger to move over.
“Members of the public regularly tell the Road Policing Unit that lane-hogging and tailgating are real problems on our roads and this conviction shows that the police and the courts understand the public’s concerns and take this offence seriously.”
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