Centre Lane Hogs to Face Fines For Careless Driving

In a crackdown against inconsiderate drivers, members of CLOG (Centre Lane Owners Group) are to face £100 fines and three points. Many other motoring misdemeanours face similar punishment.

Drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars face on-the-spot £100 fines and three points on their licence under plans unveiled today.

Police are also expected to get powers to issue instant fixed penalty notices for not giving way at a junction or using the wrong lane at a roundabout. Details of crackdown on anti-social motoring are due to be released by the Government in a statement to Parliament this morning.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond told the Daily Telegraph: "Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people's lives at risk. "That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.

"We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences."

Until now such activity has generally gone unpunished because of the bureaucracy involved in prosecuting a case. A motorist has to be stopped by a police officer, a summons issued and evidence presented in court.

Other changes being brought forward by the Government include increasing the fine for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving, eating or drinking while driving or not wearing a seat belt from £60 to £100.

The fixed penalty for driving without insurance is expected to double from £100 to £200.

AA president Edmund King said: "We are pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers - tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle-lane hogs."

Institute of Advanced Motorists director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "This is a major change in traffic law enforcement and the IAM is concerned that issuing fixed penalty tickets for careless driving downplays the seriousness of the offence. Careless covers a wide range of poor to reckless driving behaviour that often merits further investigation."

Comments

Ice_Berg    on 5 June 2013

Hogging the middle lane should be a 'hanging' offence to hear our righteous representatives tell it. Really it's just another thinly veiled ruse to milk the motorist.

One wonder's, should they have their way, is what the 'overtaking lane' will be used for in the future, won't it be superfluous......probably turned into a high speed (min 110mph toll conduit for the rich and famous that can afford it). The reality of the 'hogger/clogger' is while they may sit in the quicker (centre lane) they aren't doing 50mph but 70ish and should anyone want to get past then isn't that what the third lane's for..

Further more, what danger to other road users does the non-seatbelt wearer pose. I rarely wear one driving and obviously never wear one riding and no-one has ever suffered because of it.

And just who are these complainers that are the basis of the changes to the RTA, weekend drivers?

melt_the_berg    on 6 June 2013

traffic will flow for longer and rush hour will arrive later if motorists use all the lanes more efficiently. While I agree about milking the motorist, I'm all for it as the alternative is just throwing more money at the problem of congestion, ie build more lanes, then the middle lane hogs just become the 'outside lane - 1 hogs' and lanes 1 and 2 become empty and are wasted

thewigger    on 6 June 2013

I have no problem whatsoever in fining the hell out of people who do not comply with the law - so what if middle lane hoggers, outside lane nose-to-tailers, uninsured, bad parkers et al have to pay through the nose for their mistakes.
so much the better.

Read the Highway Code, learn to drive properly and legally and there is no reason to worry. Most of the bad driving I witness is as a result of laziness, complacency, arrogance or ignorance and there's no excuse for any of it in my book.

There should not be a prohibitive cost of running a car (VED, fuel etc.), but there should be heavy penalties for those that consider themselves above the law and beyond considering other road users.

Less cameras, more cops.

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