A van driver has been fined almost £1,000 and hit with 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 eastbound carriageway near Huddersfield on August 25, last year.
Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the driver had driven in an “inconsiderate manner” for several miles, causing inconvenience to other road users. 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…read more
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