Stubborn driver faces £100 fine after hogging the middle lane of the M20 for three miles

A miscreant driver is facing a £100 fine after he drove along the middle lane of a motorway for three miles unaware he was being tailed by a police car. 

The driver was making his way along lane two of the M20 in Kent, refusing to pull into the nearside lane as the law requires. 

When pulled over by police, the motorist refused to accept that he had done anything wrong. 

Police followed the driver who stayed in the middle lane of the M20 for more than three miles before they were pulled over

Police followed the driver who stayed in the middle lane of the M20 for more than three miles before they were pulled over

Police followed the driver who stayed in the middle lane of the M20 for more than three miles before they were pulled over 

Officers filmed the suspect's car in the middle lane for a distance of 3.050 miles before they were pulled over and questioned about their poor driving skills

Officers filmed the suspect's car in the middle lane for a distance of 3.050 miles before they were pulled over and questioned about their poor driving skills

Officers filmed the suspect’s car in the middle lane for a distance of 3.050 miles before they were pulled over and questioned about their poor driving skills

Kent Police issued the driver with a Traffic Offence Report for careless driving

Kent Police issued the driver with a Traffic Offence Report for careless driving

Kent Police issued the driver with a Traffic Offence Report for careless driving 

As a result, officers from Kent Police issued him with a Traffic Offence Report (TOR) and a warning that he faces prosecution for careless driving. 

As well as a £100 fine, the motorist faces having three penalty points added to his licence which could lead to higher insurance premiums.  

Kent Police tweeted with the photo: ‘This driver was stopped having driven for a colossal 3.050 miles in Lane 2 of the M20 without any other vehicles about. The driver refused to accept that this was Careless Driving. TOR issued.’ 

According to the Highway Code, on dual carriageways and motorways, drivers are obliged to keep to the left hand lane, although the middle or right hand lane can be used to overtake. 

Drivers are then obliged to move left when it is safe to do so. 

In practice, motorists can only sit in the middle or right hand lane when traffic dictates. 

Social media users praised the police for stopping the road hog

Social media users praised the police for stopping the road hog

Social media users praised the police for stopping the road hog 

What is the law on ‘hogging’ the middle lane of a motorway?  

Rules 137 and 138 of the Highway Code deal with the issue of lane hogging on multi-lane carriageways. 

According to Rule 137: ‘On a two-lane dual carriageway you should stay in the left-hand lane. Use the right-hand lane for overtaking or turning right. After overtaking, move back to the left-hand lane when it is safe to do so.’

According to Rule 138: ‘On a three-lane dual carriageway, you may use the middle lane or the right-hand lane to overtake but return to the middle and then the left-hand lane when it is safe.’

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