A van driver has been fined almost £1,000 and given five penalty points in what is believed to be the first conviction for ‘middle lane hogging’ (Transport Network).
Under new measures introduced in August 2013, police were given the power to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving offences such as tailgating or middle lane hogging. This is thought to be the first such conviction since the law was changed.
The driver was stopped by police on the M62 near Huddersfield in August 2014. Police officers said the driver persistently refused to move out of the middle lane of the motorway, and that other drivers were forced to swerve to overtake the vehicle.
The driver failed to turn up to court and was fined £500, ordered to pay £400 in costs with a £40 victim surcharge.
PC Nigel Fawcett-Jones from West Yorkshire Police said: “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.”
A spokesman for the AA told Transport Network: “Drivers will be saying ‘Hallelujah’ that finally someone has been prosecuted because lane hogging causes a huge amount of frustration.”