The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Piggy in the Middle - 'Road Hog' Punished

02 July 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

The first conviction for the specific offence of ‘motorway middle lane hogging’ since it was introduced in 2013 was handed out this month.

The offender, Ian Stephens, was fined £940 after driving his Citroen Berlingo at 60mph in the central lane of the M62 between Rochdale and Huddersfield last August. Leeds magistrates also put five penalty points on his driving licence.

Stevens compounded his offence by not turning up to court to receive the verdict.

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, traffic police stated in evidence that ‘six drivers were forced to brake and swerve to overtake the vehicle’ which was travelling along the eastbound carriageway near Huddersfield on 25 August 2014.

Research has shown that persistent middle lane hogging can ‘waste a third of space as well as causing dangerous tailgating and passing on the inside by frustrated road users.

“Dangerous lane hogging is inconsiderate, increases motorway congestion and can inconvenience other road users,” explained David Williams, GEM*. “All drivers should know that they should use the inside lane unless overtaking. When they have finished overtaking, they should return to the inside lane. We would also welcome more traffic police patrols on our motorways to provide an effective deterrent for those drivers who are otherwise more likely to ignore these rules.”

The worst sections of motorway for lane hogging were, according to Direct Line research to be:

M4 J5-J6 westbound (Slough) 27%

M1 J4-J5 southbound (Watford) 26%

M4 J7-J8/9 eastbound (Slough) 24%

M25 J4-J5 clockwise (Sevenoaks) 22%

M25 J12-J13 anti-clockwise (Cheshunt) 21%

M4 J2-J3 westbound (Brentford) 19%

M25 J18-J19 anti-clockwise (Watford) 19%

M25 J16-J17 clockwise (Gerrards Cross) 17%

M4 J5-J6 eastbound (Heathrow) 16%

M25 J16-J17 anti-clockwise (Gerrards Cross) 12%

Picture: Hogging a dead horse? Although a law was brought in to stop middle lane hogging of space in 2013, the only conviction has been this month

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 02 July 2015


Related Articles

TfL Plans PCN Cash Dash

Transport for London is to 'consult' on its plans to increase Penalty Charge Notices for offences on TfL roads and non-payment of the Congestion Charge. The...

 Read Full Article
Mobile Madness - Bigger Penalties to Come

At the end of last week (and big news across the weekend), the government has declared plans to make using a handheld device whilst driving a fixed six point penalty...

 Read Full Article
Logistics Company Found Guilty

A logistics company has been fined £20,000 after a worker was hit by a forklift truck in a busy yard and suffered head injuries. The HSE investigated and...

 Read Full Article
Hotel All At Sea Over Asbestos

Two companies have been fined. RJW Building Solutions, a contractor carrying out refurbishment work at the Sea Hotel in South Shields and Hotel 52, the client, were...

 Read Full Article
Facial Recognition Now Available - But Trouble Brewing Ahead

A commercially available facial recognition system has just been launched. Meanwhile, developer Argent could be in hot water for using LFR and both the ICO and a...

 Read Full Article
Sort The Confusion - Falling Recycling Rates Blamed On Lack Of Understanding

Waste giant Biffa has called for UK recycling confusion to be sorted, saying that inconsistency and confusion in labelling, sorting and collections are preventing UK...

 Read Full Article
Well Blow Me Down - Director Fined For Being Blown Off Roof

A director of a construction has seen his company (along with two others) fined when he was blown off an unsafe roof.  The three firms, Bowmer and Kirkland,...

 Read Full Article
Lanes Fined £500,000 After Worker Injured In Fall

Lanes Group PLC have been fined £500,000, with £9,896.19 costs, after pleading guilty to one offence under the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Westminster...

 Read Full Article
School Children Avoid Scaffolding Collapse

A scaffolding company has been fined after scaffolding it had erected collapsed onto a neighbouring primary school. Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard Swain...

 Read Full Article
Sheriff Court Goes Further With Shell

The early days of August have already seen four companies receive substantial H&S fines. Shell received the biggest of these when a cylinder and valve becoming...

 Read Full Article