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Fine doubled for drivers who hog middle lane
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.