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Should motorway lane hoggers be fined?

Monday June 22 2015

A motorway lane hogger on the M62 has been fined £940 and handed five points on his licence for refusing to move from the middle lane. 

Drivers had to brake and then overtake after being blocked by the van driving at 60mph - despite the inside lane being free.

On the spot £100 fines for middle lane hogging were brought in by the government in August 2013.

WABers what do you think? Should motorway lane hoggers be fined?

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Reply Posted by Doug on Monday June 22 2015 at 11:01

Reply Posted by Derek Carpenter on Monday June 22 2015 at 12:06
Middle lane "Hoggers" often feel safer but in Truth create a backlog of traffic deciding what to do.The results create indecision and adds risk.The likely outcome is that an Innocent motorist will suffer the consequence.If enforced fairly it is reasonable to be warned or fined.

Reply Posted by gaz on Monday June 22 2015 at 12:35
yes....it makes other drivers frustrated ,which causes indecisive decisions which causes accidents....plus it makes us HGV drivers taking illegal decisions about under taking them...or hold the whole motorway up to their speeds...that chain reaction is a crazy thing that causes more delays on our motorways than anything else.

Reply Posted by inmyopinion on Monday June 22 2015 at 15:58
yes they should be fined. Also is it illegal to undertake if someone is hogging the middle lane???. reason being when you are on a three lane and they traffic is queuing and the nearside lane is moving faster than the others are then technically you are undertaking, whats the diff

Reply Posted by neil on Monday June 22 2015 at 18:35
definitely yes, I once followed a Chinese woman doing 40mph in the fast lane with no other cars in the other lanes, I bit of tailgating, light flashing and horn honking she finally moved to the middle lane, after I got past her she moved back to the outside lane again.

Reply Posted by JOHN on Tuesday June 23 2015 at 15:12

Reply Posted by Richard on Tuesday June 23 2015 at 19:42
I drive a lot of motorway miles and I've seen pretty much everything. Middle lane hogging is only really apparent when the motorway is fairly empty, when it's busy it's impossible to distinguish between those who are overtaking in 'the overtaking' lanes and those who are just sitting there irrespective of what the traffic conditions are. The real issue is the speed differential that the national speed limit has. There's nothing worse than a lorry in the middle lane doing 56, overtaking another lorry doing 55.75mph. This stops all faster moving traffic in the first two lanes and results in the third lane moving at 70mph, but constantly being interrupted by vehicles entering the 'fast' lane at 56mph due to the lorry stuck on the middle. It only gets worse when there are four lanes. Lorries overtaking lorries overtaking lorries and everyone else trying to squeeze by in lane four.... The only sensible solution is to separate the slow moving (speed restricted to 60, of 56mph and the fast moving traffic.

Reply Posted by Jan on Friday June 26 2015 at 12:58
Yes most definitely!!