22 October 2004

The Highways Agency launched an attack on driver stupidity last week with a new initiative aimed at coaxing better lane discipline from motorists. Drivers using the M1, M6, M18 and M62 were reminded to ‘keep left unless overtaking’ and ‘don’t hog the middle lane’ via selected electronic motorway message signs.

The week-long trials were intended to gauge driver reaction to a scheme with the aim of regaining more than 30 per cent of our motorway network – around 700 miles – from drivers failing to adhere to Highway Code rule 238: that motorists should move back into the left-hand lane unless overtaking slower-moving traffic.

A spokesperson for the Highways Agency confirmed that at this stage the scheme is only ‘advisory’; tougher policing will not be considered until the results of last week’s trials are known.

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