Driver convicted for hogging middle lane

The first motorist to be convicted of hogging the middle lane of a motorway has been fined almost £1,000 and given five penalty points.

The driver, who was travelling on the M62, was behind the wheel of a Citroen Berlingo van. They were stopped by police in West Yorkshire after persistently refusing to move out of the central lane.

According to a report in The Telegraph, six drivers were forced to brake and swerve to overtake the vehicle, which was travelling along the eastbound carriageway near Huddersfield on 25 August last year.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the driver had numerous opportunities to move into the inside lane but failed to do so.

The driver was fined £500 and ordered to pay £400 in costs with a £40 victim surcharge. He was also hit with five penalty points on his licence.

In 2013, police were given powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless or inconsiderate driving.


About time. All traffic should be in lane 1 unless overtaking. Hogging lane 2 puts undue pressure on lane 3 where traffic is moving most quickly. It also creates frustration and can lead to risk-taking.