In what is believed to be the first conviction for “lane hogging”, a van driver was recently fined £500 and had five penalty points added to his licence for driving at 60mph and refusing to move out of the central lane of the M62 near Huddersfield.
The Magistrates Court heard that the driver had been observed by police to have several opportunities to move back into the left-hand lane but had failed to do so, choosing instead to drive in 'an inconsiderate manner' and causing several other drivers to swerve to avoid him.
The crackdown on bad driving has seen those caught driving in an anti-social way being handed £100 on-the-spot fines and given three penalty points on their licence. The three main anti-social driving habits that the rules are designed to address are tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle lane hogs. However, they are wide ranging. In another example of how the rules are being interpreted, a tractor driver in Norfolk was recently fined after failing to pull in to let the queue of motorists behind him get past.