New measures coming in to force today, which will see motorists fined for tailgating and lane hogging, fail to tackle the issue of poor driving, says the country’s leading traffic lawyer.
Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, has added his voice to concerns the new legislation – which will also see fines for using a mobile phone whilst driving being increased to £100 – do not reflect the seriousness of the offences.
He was also critical of road safety minister Stephen Hammond who was stumped when asked to define lane hogging.
Mr Freeman said: “It is high time those passing legislation take expert advice on these issues.
“How can police officers enforce and the public comply when the person responsible for the legislation doesn’t fully understand it himself?
“Use of the middle lane is purely and simply for the overtaking of slower vehicles in the nearside lane. After the vehicle has been passed, and it is safe to move back into the nearside lane, any further progress made in the middle lane is ‘hogging’”.
Mr Freeman added: “These new rules are designed to bring in revenue ‘on the cheap’ by encouraging those motorists hogging and tailgating to take the points and fine, avoiding more serious consequences.
“The penalty of a £100 fine and three points on a licence is not a serious deterrent.
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