Why it's time we clamped down on 'lane hoggers'
HOGGING the middle or outside lane of a motorway is a curse on our roads.
It is endemic.
People are either:
* ignorant of the law which says the outside lane is for overtaking - not dawdling - on, or
* choose to ignore the trail of cars waiting to pass them and carry on regardless.
That sort of carry-on can lead to impatience, exasperation, tailgating and dangerous risk-taking.
We need a stiff reminder that it is wrong and inherently dangerous.
Something high-profile such as the case in England, where a motorist has been fined almost £1,000 and levied with five penalty points for hogging the middle lane, would fit the bill.
We need a real shock to the system.
The English example makes that driver the first (or so it is believed) over there to be convicted of the offence.
Now that's the sort of strong message that needs to be sent out.
That would put lane-hogging back on the agenda and get people talking about it - and maybe some would learn from it.
And, hopefully, that would reduce the incidence of the appalling practice.
What are your views? Have you examples of hogging?