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Middle Lane Hoggers Should be Rewarded not Vilified

Middle Lane Hoggers Should be Rewarded not Vilified
June 6th, 2013
Author: Jeff Taylor

Middle lane hoggers should be welcomed as they keep the speeders on our motorways in check; and as we’re always all being told speed kills! That’s why there are speed limits in the first place.

But in a populist move the government are including the actions of mid lane hoggers within a raft of new offences that the police can stop and fine you on the spot for. That is if a policeman can be found on the roads these days.

However, the targeting of mid lane hoggers is misguided.

I understand that this is probably aimed at those who pootle around at 40-50 mph in the middle lane when they should be in the inside lane but in my experience these are very few and far between. Most lane hoggers are proceeding at or about the speed limit.

As there are not many police on the road this move will give those that charge around our motorways and dual carriageways the feeling that they have the moral high ground and authority to bully those that are within the speed limit.

For example, occasionally even on clearish motorways when travelling at 70 mph I move over to the outside overtaking lane to pass a lorry on the inside doing 55 mph and a car in the middle lane overtaking the lorry but doing just 65mph. All completely legal. But up your chuff comes the wide boy/gal doing 90-95 mph who gets as close as they can making sure you know that the road is theirs and you should get out of their way as quickly as possible flashing their lights in the process. Drivers like this already think they have the choice to speed and this proposal will just reinforce their beliefs. And like many I suspect I do not move across to let them through until I am absolutely sure it is safe to do so and in the meantime make it clear to the git behind me that he is not in control of the situation – I will not be bullied.

It is not up to me to make way for those who think they are above the law or for those who cannot plan ahead so as to be able to make that meeting in time without resorting to putting both themselves and me at risk by speeding.

As an extra thought, is it not my duty as a citizen to do my best to prevent other people breaking the law? In fact, if you are going at the speed limit and you pull over to let someone pass you knowing that they are breaking the law are you not then aiding and abetting their law-breaking?

There should be a clear declaration that no-one will be fined for lane hogging if they proceed at the speed limit as they keep the speed on motorways down so limiting the risk to us all. And if someone gets angry at the behaviour of other drivers while driving then they should pull over at the next service station to cool off as otherwise they could make a bad and risky decision.

M4 Motorway - FreeFoto.com

M4 Motorway – FreeFoto.com

Then there is the matter of fining people for being in the wrong lanes on roundabouts etc. When you drive around in an area you know well most people are irritated by those ditherers who’ve come from far afield and don’t know where they’re going. I don’t know about you but when I drive in an area I don’t know to get to an address I’ve never been to before I do tend to go slowly and peer about like Mr Magoo and ending up in the wrong lane looking for clues as to my destination – even with satnav (which is far from perfect). I am human and make I mistakes, these new proposals do not seem to allow for this and it is those that drive in places they have never been to before that will bear the brunt of this.

At the end of the day I see these as populist moves by an unpopular government, which also has the handy add-on of allowing revenue raising via fines.

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6 Responses to “Middle Lane Hoggers Should be Rewarded not Vilified”

  1. Colin Goff says:

    Clearlly another dick head who doesn’t understand motorway driving. it isn’t that difficult

    Lane discipline (264 to 266)
    264
    You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past. Slow-moving or speed-restricted vehicles should always remain in the left-hand lane of the carriageway unless overtaking. You MUST NOT drive on the hard shoulder except in an emergency or if directed to do so by the police, HA traffic officers in uniform or by signs.

    Easy.

    • But if you are driving at the speed limit this becomes academic. Because no-one can legally overtake you!

      Are you also saying that a driver should be fined for driving in the mid or outer lane even when the motorway is completely empty? Once again mid lane drivers are doing us a favour as they are spreading out the wear and tear across all lanes. The inside lane must take a hammering from all those trucks etc so spreading the load must be a good thing. or are you saying that it is OK to speed so putting other drivers at risk? But not right to hog a lane?

  2. Chris says:

    Middle lane hoggers welcomed, really?!

    People that sit in the middle lane at 70mph or less turn our 3 lane motorways into a single lane as everyone queues in lane 3 to overtake them. How can that be a good thing?

    Also, travelling at 90mph in a modern car, on a British motorway, in the right conditions is not dangerous. Maybe it was in 1965, but not now.

    • It is illegal to drive at over 70 mph on a UK motorway as government elected by the people has deemed it unsafe to do it. So anyone that can help keep the speeding dickheads under control should be rewarded for keeping our roads safe.

      Most of the speeding drivers would not recognise ‘the right conditions’, they are more wrapped up in their own world and totally disregard the risks other people take by just being on the same road as them.

      • Chris says:

        > It is illegal to drive at over 70 mph on a UK motorway
        True

        >as government elected by the people has deemed it unsafe to do it.
        Untrue for anyone under 65.

        The 70mph limit was set in Dec 1965. It was introduced as ‘an illogical reaction to a series of multiple accidents in poor weather conditions’. Both motor vehicles and the motorway network have improved massively since then., but the speed limit has remained the same for almost 50 years.

        The stats don’t lie, there is no correlation between motorway speed limits and death rates. Look at Germany for instance, full of speeding dickheads as you put it and less accidents.

  3. But Chris, why have the politicians not changed it then? It may be to keep our roads safe or it may be to help motorists stay ‘green’, but for whatever the reason it is there and if the people wanted it surely there would have been a manifesto commitment for it the last election in 2010 from one of the parties.

    And just because one or two people believe they are good enough drivers to go at 90 mph plus does not mean the rest of us have to put up with it. Why not just slow down and enjoy the drive? A motorway is not a race track for the few.

    Just today I was driving along a windy single carriageway road behind someone doing about 45mph and there was a queue of about five or six cars behind me. We were all making progress and then suddenly there was a squeal of tyres and a Range Rover came dangerously barrelling along trying to overtake and dodging cars on both sides of the road completely ignoring the road markings.

    That selfish driver thought he had the right to break the law and put everyone else at risk. And as far as I am concerned that is what those that speed on motorways do too.