A new law will come into effect next year that will see middle-lane hoggers put on a register.
The law, which passed with a Commons majority of 125 votes, will see middle-lane hoggers punished for their inconsiderate actions.
While the police and highways agencies have always clamped down hard on drivers who speed, or are drunk behind the wheel of a car, very little is ever done about drivers who hog the middle lane. Some drivers even believe driving in the middle lane is acceptable. This is largely due to the way our driving tests are performed in the UK, with learner drivers being unable to drive on motorways until they take and pass a test. Once they have passed, they can drive on motorways with no previous experience.
Drivers who hog the middle lane are said to cause incidents of road rage, unnecessary congestion and contribute to accidents – something which is an almost daily occurrence on the M56 near Chester and Ellesmere Port.
It is hoped that this new register for drivers who hog the middle lane will reduce these incidents, and ultimately cut them out altogether.
While being added to the new register will not add points to their licence, or apply fines to them, it will affect them in other ways. According to our source in London, being added to the register will make car insurance renewals more expensive, it will affect your credit rating and it will prohibit you from jobs where driving is a requirement, such as taxi driving.
It understood the system for adding drivers to the register will be automated and will use existing motorway cameras, so drivers who hog the middle lane could find themselves added to the register without any warning or means for appeal.
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