FROM August 16, drivers who ‘hog’ the middle lane face an on-the-spot fine of £100 and 3 points on their license. High time many van drivers will say.
The new fixed penalty will also apply to tailgating.
More serious cases of careless and negligent driving will still be taken to court and will face heavier fines.
The fine for van drivers who are caught using their mobile ‘phones at the wheel (and as a group we are persistent offenders) goes up from £60 to £100.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do on a daily basis, but sadly some drivers remain complacent about the risks and the law.
“All drivers have a responsibility to ensure they aren’t putting others at risk, and are helping to prevent these needless casualties.”
Business van managers should make sure their van drivers are aware that the enforcement regime for middle lane hoggers.