Only a few lane hog­gers pay penalty

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Middle lane hog­gers and tail­gaters in Kent have been slapped with penal­ties only a hand­ful of times since new pow­ers were granted to po­lice, ac­cord­ing to a KMTV in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Since Au­gust 2013 of­fi­cers have been able to is­sue £100 on-thes­pot fines to driv­ers caught lane hog­ging or tail­gat­ing, who can also be given three points on their li­cence. But Kent Po­lice records re­veal only 16 oc­ca­sions, roughly once ev­ery two months, where of­fi­cers have is­sued penal­ties to driv­ers specif­i­cally for us­ing lanes in­cor­rectly since the leg­is­la­tion came into force, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quests. For tail­gat­ing, there are only four records of po­lice pe­nal­is­ing mo­torists - lit­tle more than once ev­ery seven months. For the um­brella of­fence of care­less driv­ing, which cov­ers lane hog­ging, tail­gat­ing, in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ing among other of­fences, po­lice records show 243 tick­ets is­sued since Au­gust 2013. This is five times less than Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice, a sim­i­larly sized county with sev­eral dual car­riage­ways, which handed out 1,369 tick­ets in the same pe­riod. And an FOI re­quest made to Sur­rey Po­lice showed it had al­ready is­sued 187 no­tices for tail­gat­ing and lane hog­ging by June 2014 – 159 more than po­lice handed out by the end of 2015. A Kent Po­lice spokesman said of­fi­cers did not al­ways record the rea­son for is­su­ing a ticket for care­less driv­ing, de­spite there be­ing a text box for this on the doc­u­ment, and so the num­ber of penal­ties is­sued is likely to be higher.

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