Middle Lane Hoggers

Middle-Lane Hogser & Tailgaters

The government is to introduce new fines for anti-social driving behaviour such as tailgating and middle-lane hogging from July.

Many road users have complained for years about Annoying and dangerous driving practices such as tailgating, middle-lane hogging and mobile phone use. New measures announced by the government means that from July 2013 culprits will face on-the-spot penalty notices from police officers.

Tackling careless driving

Currently careless motorist has to be stopped by a police officer, a summons issued and evidence presented in court.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond says: "Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people's lives at risk. "That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice."

'Poor' drivers will be offered additional training

A motorist who is offered and completes one of these courses will avoid getting points, but they will still have to pay the fine. The cash generated by fines will be used to pay for the training courses.

Also motorist will have 28days top pay any fixed penalty and if they dispute fixed penalty, they will have an option to refuse fixed penalty and defend themselves through court process.

Some motoring fines to rise

At the moment fixed penalty fines are £60 and 3 penalty point are imposed for using mobile phone while driving, not wearing seat belt, worn out tyre. The fixed penalty fines will go up from £60 tom £100 and also fixed penalty fine for driving without insurance will rise from £200 to £300.

Fixed penalties for parking, waiting and obstruction aren't affected by these changes.