Middle lane prosecution

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  1. djbsom

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    So its been a few days now since a gentleman was prosecuted for staying in the middle lane despite multiple opportunities to return to the driving lane.
    I've got to say I'm quite surprised that no one on here has commented.
    Does no one think this is a good step?
     
  2. True Romance

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    About time imo. Guess it's a real bug bear for most m-way users.
     
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    About time too - it's such a waste of Tarmac.

    Pillocks!

    I could go on - twits (sp?) who join the motorway, and move straight into the middle lane. What sort of thought processes do their tiny little minds go through?

    Grrr!
     
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    About bloody time. Zillions of them out there. Should bring in a tidy sum for them.

    Maybe they'll ease off on the speed gun a little too while they're at it.:rolleyes:
     
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    Should practise what they preach. I suggest they first pull their finger out and uphold the law consistently not when they want too.

    Btw, it was tea time and they were buying a kebab!
     

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    I'd no idea it had happened.
    That, in itself, is surely part of the problem?
    It's a story lost in a sea of news, so people won't know it's happened and won't be put off by it.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it's happened.
     
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    How many parking transgressions in that photo?
    I see:
    Porsche on the pavement;
    Silver car on the double-yellows and blocking the pedestrian dropped-kerb;
    Black car double-parked beside the police car;
    Empty marked parking space(s).
     
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    So another European road trip throws this into sharp perspective!
    Got off the ferry at Dover last night and straight away the British drivers are making it hard work. All the foreign plated cars are dutifully tucked over to the left and all the brits head straight over to the middle/right.
    At one stage (on the Reading section of M4) I was keeping up a nice steady 70ish in the left lane with a heavy queue of traffic in the third lane doing 60 ish!
    Yes, there are styles of driving everywhere but Britain does seem to have its share of plonkers. In Amsterdam we saw the aggressive cyclists, Paris the aggressive everyone and cologne the speed merchants but the 'bad' drivers all seem to live here. (Yes, I've driven in Italy and Portugal but there it's expected)
     
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    Although 'middle lane hoggers' are rightly criticised, there is another dangerous habit of 'undertaking' or overtaking on the left. It seems that some people think if you are within a mile of a junction on a dual carriageway you can tear down the inside lane. This is pretty dangerous, and it only takes someone not double checking before they pull over to make a big accident.
     
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    Was there a meeting of the middle owners club in West Wales this morning? Lane 1 of 3 on the M4 west was so empty you could have played a game in it. Makes it a real pain when you've got to move from lane 1 to lane 3 to pass some prat who's doing 60 in their own little world and then get back into lane 1 and go through the whole thing again in a few minutes time.

    Strange bit of driving on the way home. M4 was relatively quiet. Audi 5 couple passed us, we were in lane 1 doing the limit, stayed in lane 2 then suddenly braked, few seconds later it moved into lane 3 and took off like a scalded cat. Road was empty in front of it. Perhaps they had been to the Elvis Festival in Porthcawl and were all shook up.
     
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    Why move over to lane 3, just pass them in lane 1. I do it all the time as it's them that are in the wrong.
     
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    In heavy rush hour type traffic I will do so, especially so if speeds are 30-40 mph, which is not unusual on the M4 in South Wales. Not illegal. But at speeds near to or just under the limit it just takes one of these dick heads to decide to move back into lane 1 without checking their inside mirror for a serious collision to happen. Rather go around them giving them a quick flash of the headlights as I pass.

    The wife was driving today and for some strange unknown reason she really loves motorway driving. That, however, leaves me free to hold up three fingers as we passed the offending member of the MLOC.
     
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    I think your insurance company would disagree if there was a collision.
     
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    I'm a member of MLOC, even got a badge on the rear of the car...

    Portal
     
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    Undertaking is not an illegal act as their are exceptions, see rule 268. A rule in the highway code that is a legal requirement will use the words Must and Must Not. No where does rule 268 use these words. It would only start to get you in trouble if you undertake in an aggressive or reckless manner.
     
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    I've done a bit of research and although it is not illegal to pass on the inside it is the manner in which the undertake is done, weaving at a high speed, is likely to result in driving without due care. However, if the wife had stayed in lane 1 and undertook in a safe manner then, had a police car been behind her the middle lane hogger could very well have been pulled over.

    According to an RAC blog keeping lane 1 moving by safe undertakes is preferable and safer than going lanes 1, 2, 3 and back, hence the intention to book middle lane hoggers.
     
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    Hate moving from lane to lane those cats eyes,what they doing to me tires. So if its safe I'm not going to lane 3 to pass a car in lane 2 to go back to lane 1 .
     
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    Er....nothing.....o_O
     
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    When you drive over them they compress into the ground - not that they're that big or anything anyway... But, anything they do to the tyres is going to be very insignificant.
     
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    LOL, i thought MLOC was the Middle Lane Owners Club!!!
     

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