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Fine doubled for drivers who hog middle lane

21:31 14/02/2019

The fine for drivers who stay in the middle lane of a motorway will be doubled from April - after several polls found it was one of the most annoying habits among motorists in Belgium.

The increase from €58 to €116 means hogging the middle lane will be treated the same as overtaking on the right, since the two practices are linked.

"The highway code must be consistent," said Benoît Godart, spokesman for Belgian road safety institute Vias.

"It doesn't work if you punish someone who overtakes on the right more than someone who causes this offence to happen by blocking the middle lane. The penalty has to be the same."

According to Vias, some drivers wrongly believe that the right-hand lane on a motorway is reserved for trucks. Others say they stick to the middle lane because they feel safer there.

According to a recent survey by Vias, drivers find hogging the middle lane to be the most annoying habit among fellow road users - while a similar poll by driving association Touring placed it third, with failing to indicate the number one complaint.

Written by The Bulletin



ok...can someone please explain what the strange rules are here, for lane use ?

Feb 15, 2019 10:02
antonieeland@gm... Feb 17, 2019 07:30

The government should educate, not punish ... Explain first, then beat the crap out of them ... ;-)

Feb 17, 2019 07:31

the lane rules here make NO sense, they are complicated and ridiculous...the rules here are different than the rules in France for example, and when is this country going to join the modern world by having "right turn on red lights" and reflectors in the roads to mark the lanes, it's a simple safety measure that saves lives

Feb 17, 2019 08:56

Promises, promises!
The fine will be doubled, but nobody will be fined, because the police are simply not interested.
The authorities are not interested.

Mar 4, 2019 14:19