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Middle lane hogs to face fines

Drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence. Fixed penalty notices could also be imposed for not giving way at a junction or using the wrong lane at a roundabout.

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Careless driving fixed fines 'downplay seriousness'

This is a major change in traffic law enforcement and the IAM is concerned that issuing fixed penalty tickets for careless driving downplays the seriousness of the offence.

Careless covers a wide range of poor to reckless driving behaviour that often merits further investigation.

This could free up traffic police time and allow them to maintain a higher profile. But without traffic cops out on the road to enforce this new approach it will have little impact on road safety.

– Neil Greig, Institute of Advanced Motorists director of policy

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