Vehicles caught skipping past traffic on busy Lincoln filter road – and people are defending them

A car and a truck have been caught skipping past traffic on a busy Lincoln road – but people have jumped to their defence. The two vehicles can be seen heading to the front of the empty right hand lane in Canwick Hill – despite there being a red X just yards ahead. They can then be seen cutting into the left hand-hand lane in front of a long queue of cars that have been patiently waiting for the traffic light to change – using the closed off lanes in the process.

The footage has been shared in Idiot Drivers in Lincolnshire Facebook page with the caption: ‘Another example of Lincoln drivers not knowing / ignoring closed lane signs’.

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The post has attracted more than 100 comments – several of which criticise the actions of the drivers, but many others leap to their defence. One woman wrote: “I saw one arrested at the lights for being in that lane when a red x was showing.” Another man added: “On your marks, get set, go.

Now the race off to merge. See it every day.” However, a number of people have jumped to their defence and insist that it is those waiting in the traffic that are in the wrong.

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One woman posted: “People won’t use that lane because you get abuse for it.

It’s a filter lane and that’s how it used to be. “Too many sit in the left lane and get annoyed when others go in the other lane.” Another woman commented: “As long as you are back in the left-hand lane before you pass under the cross you are fine and legal.

“No wonder Lincoln suffers so badly at rush hour.” Another added: “It’s a filter lane and even I know that and I don’t drive. “Many people do it.

It’s just picking fault with that one driver who got away in front of them at the traffic lights.” The Highway Code appears to suggest the motorists who carried out the manoeuvre were in the wrong. It says: “If red lights on the overhead signals flash above your lane and a red X is showing, you must not go beyond the signal in that lane”

The red X has recently been the subject of a rule change when driving on a SMART motorway.

If caught driving in a lane crossed off, you could receive a fixed penalty of up to GBP100 and three points, and in some cases stronger penalties

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