A police force has pulled over two 'middle lane hoggers' and sent a clear warning to other motorists.
Greater Manchester Police officers stopped two drivers yesterday (Sunday 18 July) for hanging about in the middle lane of the motorway.
The first ignored police warnings for two junctions before eventually telling officers: "I always drive in the middle lane and fast lane, what's the problem?"
#ME14 displayed matrix warnings "stop lane hogging" and "use left lane" but this vehicle continued to travel in lane 2 of #M60 when lane 1 was clear. For over 2 junctions! Driver stated "I always drive in the middle lane and fast lane, what's the problem?" #reported @NWmwaypolice pic.twitter.com/3BkdpGDmGY- GMP Traffic (@gmptraffic) July 18, 2021
The driver was also found to be incorrectly wearing a seatbelt.
Later on, a Toyota Yaris was spotted sitting in the centre of the M60, and again, they disregarded clear signage.
The driver was subsequently found to be uninsured and the car was seized.
#ME14 saw this Yaris hogging the middle lane of the M60. Ignored the matrix board to 'use left lane' followed by Instruction to "follow me" off the motorway. Driver then stopped live lane! When stopped checks found the driver to have no insurance! Seized & reported @NWmwaypolice pic.twitter.com/SdFrlKmazB- GMP Traffic (@gmptraffic) July 18, 2021
Once again, the driver protested that they 'always drive in the middle lane'.
The force outlined that you shouldn't always drive in the middle lane, as 'lane hogging causes frustration to other road users and prevents traffic from flowing'.
Driver stated she had no idea what "follow me" meant or who it could be for as her explanation for stopping live lane! She also stated she always drives in the middle lane!! Lane hogging causes frustration to other road users and prevents traffic from flowing.. #dayincourtawaits pic.twitter.com/Or7mLaJnxk- GMP Traffic (@gmptraffic) July 18, 2021
Outlining how you should drive on a motor way, police said: "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear.
"If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past."
Middle lane hogging is illegal and is classed as 'careless driving', along with things like tailgating or being distracted by eating or drinking.
Police can issue a £100 fine and three penalty points for the offence.
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