As reported in Commercial Fleet news, a van driver has been fined almost £1,000 and hit with five penalty points after becoming the first person in the country to be convicted of hogging the middle lane of a motorway.

The driver was stopped by police in West Yorkshire after refusing to move out of the middle lane of the M62, with Police saying six drivers were forced to brake and swerve to overtake the vehicle, which was travelling along the eastbound carriageway near Huddersfield on August 25, last year.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the driver had driven in an “inconsiderate manner” for several miles, causing inconvenience to other road users.

It is thought to be the first time a motorist has been convicted in court of a lane hogging offence since the law was changed in 2013. Researchers claim the problem results in a third of motorway capacity being wasted, causing congestion and traffic delays.

Read more at Commercial Fleet.

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