Fixed fines for lane hoggers

From today careless drivers who tailgate or hog lanes could be hit with on-the-spot police fines.

Crackdown on tailgaters and lane hoggers

Now, we've all been there - stuck behind drivers hogging the middle lane. Well from today they could face an on the spot fine of £100 as part of a crackdown on careless drivers. But there are concerns tonight that there aren't enough officers here to enforce it, as Megan Boot reports

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Great idea. Just put more lane detection cameras on motorway bridges, and equip the highways agency vehicles with cameras too.

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[Tailgaters] are aggressive bullies whose behaviour can cause serious disruption and lack of concentration to the driver ahead.

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Fixed fines for tailgaters and lane hoggers

The new measures come into place today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

From today careless drivers who tailgate or hog lanes could be hit with on-the-spot police fines.

Under the new rules, police officers can stop drivers and issue £100 fines and three points.

Fixed penalties for offences such as speeding and mobile phone use have also risen from £60 to £100.

However, penalties for the most serious driving offences will still go through the courts.

The new measures have been welcomed by road safety charity, Brake.

Julie Townsend, the deputy chief executive of Brake, said: "Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do on a daily basis, but sadly some drivers remain complacent about the risks and the law.

"We hope today's changes will help to improve driver attitudes and behaviour. But we are concerned penalties still aren't nearly high enough to deter all bad drivers and reflect the potentially appalling consequences of bad driving."