A photo of a car ‘hogging’ the middle lane of the freeway at 5 a.m. sparked an online row. The photo, taken by Dave Harford, shows a car in the middle lane on the M5 seemingly completely alone, with no other vehicles to be seen.
Frustrated with the white BMW driver, Dave took to Twitter to complain, raging for drivers to stay on the left. After initiating an online battle between supporters and critics of the driver, Dave explained that the vehicle – doing around 50mph – had been in the middle lane for over a mile.
He said it was an example of similar cases he saw on a daily basis and that he called lane diversion “illegal” because it forces cars into the outside lane to overtake. Dave, 43, from Worcester, added: “Traffic was behind this vehicle and said traffic had to move into lane 3 to pass it, causing more hazard.
“Yes. The car was a BMW, but they’re not the only ones doing it. People need to take responsibility for their actions and stop blaming others and making excuses.
“It’s lane monopolization. It’s illegal and causes traffic jams when there’s a lot of traffic.”
On its website, the RAC explains that lane hogging is an example of ‘reckless driving’ which could result in you being fined up to £100. The website explains: “Yes, it is an offence, although it falls under ‘reckless driving’, as well as tailgating, accidentally running a red light and even being distracted while eating or drinking.
“New laws introduced in 2013 give police the power to issue £100 fines and three penalty points on the spot, meaning failing to keep left on the motorway could hit you the pocket.”
Critics of the vehicle were quick to jump on the band wagon, with a poster saying, “The lanes on the right are passing lanes. If you don’t overshoot, you shouldn’t be there. The clue is in the name. ..”
While another reviewer added: ‘Middle Lane hoggers just bad drivers with no confidence to change lanes with confidence, shouldn’t be on the motorway.’
One person explained their frustration, adding, “As someone who drives a vehicle that can’t get into lane three, I find mid lane hoggers really annoying. Especially when they then sit at 55- 60 and don’t stop, so you have to stay back since I can’t undertake or undertake since both are illegal.”
Some defended the driver, however, with one user posting, “This is not an example of hogging as there are no other vehicles that want/need to occupy this lane.”