Driver given ticket for middlelane hogging on motorway

The footage from New Year’s Eve was captured on the M4 between junctions 12 and 13, near Newbury, Berkshire, police said.The force claimed the driver of a silver BMW had been in the middle lane for more than a mile despite officers following “directly behind” in a marked car.The left lane was “totally clear the entire time”, the Twitter post said.Driving too slowly on any road can result in the motorist being penalised for careless driving, which normally carries a £100 fine and three points on a licence. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Vehicle stopped on the #M4 J12 towards 13 (near #Newbury) for #MiddleLaneHogging. 🚙 in lane 2 for over a mile whilst I was directly behind in a marked #BMW. Lane 1 totally clear the entire time. Ticket issued for #CarelessDriving.If it’s clear move across! 🤦🏼‍♂️👮🏼‍♂️#P5562 pic.twitter.com/BHGBvmmAxC— TVP Roads Policing (@tvprp) December 31, 2018 If a case goes to court the maximum penalty is £5,000, up to nine points on a licence and disqualification from driving.But ill-discipline in the central lane has only been targeted by authorities in recent years.A motorist became the first person convicted for the practice in 2015 after persistently refusing to move into the slow lane on the busy M62.He was fined almost £1,000 and handed five penalty points. Footage of a car “middle-lane hogging” on a motorway has been released by police just days after slow driving was found to be increasingly responsible for accidents.Thames Valley Police’s road unit shared the video on social media, urging motorists to “move across” if the left lane is empty.The driver of the car was given a ticket for careless driving, according to the post.It comes after an analysis by the Department for Transport showed casualties from crashes caused by slow drivers had jumped a third in just one year, amounting to 175 injuries and two deaths in 2017.The AA said too many motorway users were hogging the middle lane and driving “far below the speed limit”, which can lead to undertaking, tailgating, congestion and road rage.

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