Toyota driver hogging A3 middle lane gets comeuppance

A motorist who hogged the middle lane of the A3 near Guildford has had his car seized after being found without a proper driving licence. The driver of a black Toyota was pulled over by Surrey Police’s roads policing unit on Monday (July 25) after he stayed in the middle lane unnecessarily.

Once stopped police established the driver did not have a valid driving licence. As a result they were reported and their vehicle was taken by police. This went down well with residents with one responding to the police’s tweet announcing the seizure with @AvrilHolley saying: “Good job, well done. Another menace off the road, yay.”

The full statement from the roads policing unit read: “Driver of this Toyota was seen hogging the middle lane of the A3, Guildford by the #VanguardRST. Once stopped it was established he didn’t have a valid driving licence. Vehicle seized Driver reported.”

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What does the law say?

Rule 264 of the Highway Code states: “You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slow-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”

According to the RAC middle lane hogging can cause congestion as traffic funnels through outside lines to get around the driver whereas if the driver moved over the traffic could be split into two lanes. Many see it as selfish as someone who follows the Highway Code correctly and keeps to the left needs to move across two lanes to correctly overtake the vehicle.

While it is not a specific offence, middle-lane hogging comes under careless driving in the same bracket as running a red light. New laws introduced in 2013 give police the power to hand out £100 fines on the spot and three penalty points to your licence.

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