Van driver fined for hogging motorway lane

A van driver has been fined almost £1,000 and given five penalty points after becoming the first person in the country to be convicted of hogging the middle lane of a motorway.

The driver was stopped by police in West Yorkshire after refusing to move out of the middle lane of the M62.

Police said six drivers were forced to brake and swerve to overtake the vehicle which was travelling along the motorway in late 2014.

The driver failed to turn up to court and was fined £500 in his absence and ordered to pay £400 in costs with a £40 victim surcharge. He was also given five penalty points on his licence.

It is thought to be the first time a motorist has been convicted in court of a lane hogging offence since the law was changed in 2013.

The Government introduced on the spot fines of £100 in an effort to deter drivers from sitting in the middle lane when there was an opportunity to pull into the left hand carriageway.

Researchers claim the problem results in a third of motorway capacity being wasted, causing congestion and traffic delays.

The van driver showed ignorance and a no tolerance policy from the Governement could mean this is the first of many convictions we see for this offence.

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