M1 lane hogger had left driving licence ‘back in Poland’
Police have warned motorists to stick to the correct lane after pulling over a Polish driver with no licence who had been spotted lane hogging. Driving along in the middle lane when not overtaking might not seem like the worst kind of offence but the Derbyshire road policing team said it was something likely to draw attention to a driver. And in this case the driver, who claimed to have a Polish driving licence back home in Poland, found themself in bigger trouble.
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Claims to hold a driving licence in Poland but has no evidence of it whatsoever. "Non-UK driving licence holders must carry their licence at all times as to say it's 1,000 miles away in another country is not acceptable." The police did not say what happened to the driver but they included in their tweet a picture of a recovery truck which appears to have been called to help police seize the vehicle.
Middle Lane hogging is an offence, which "comes under 'careless driving', along with tailgating, accidentally running a red light and even being distracted by eating or drinking," the AA said. Laws introduced in 2013 give police officers the power to hand out on-the-spot fines of GBP100 and three penalty points, meaning failing to keep left on the motorway could hit you in the pocket.
According to the AA, when driving along a three-lane motorway, rule 264 of the Highway Code states: "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. "If you are overtaking a number of slow-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.
"Middle-lane hogging is when vehicles remain in the middle lane longer than necessary, even when there aren't any vehicles in the inside lane to overtake. "During busy periods, middle-lane hogging can cause congestion as traffic funnels through the outside lane to pass a lane hogger. "If the driver in the middle lane moved over, the same traffic could be split over two lanes.
"Many also see staying in the middle lane as selfish, because if someone is correctly following the Highway Code and driving in the inside lane when they catch up with a middle-lane hogger, they then need to move across two lanes to overtake the lane hogger to avoid 'undertaking'.
"This also means the overtaker has to complete four lane changes in total, instead of two."