Create a new offence of "obstruction of traffic" which has the effect of requiring the lane 2 and lane 3 hogs to move over.
Comments from Peter Edwardson:
The existing Rule 145 in the Highway Code: "Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass." should be strengthened to make it clear that it applies to *all* vehicles, not just those in the narrow legal definition of "large or slow moving".
On today's crowded roads, overtaking opportunities are often limited, and drivers who insist on travelling at a speed well below a reasonable cruising speed for a road can seriously frustrate others and provoke them into unsafe overtaking manoeuvres.
Consideration should be given
to introducing a rule similar to that applying in Germany where if you
have accumulated a queue of more than ten vehicles behind you, you should
pull over at the first available opportunity to let them pass.
Comments from Safe Speed:
We are especially concerned about lane hogs on Motorways because we see this common behaviour as a significant contributor to accidents since traffic can often be "compressed" into the outer lanes. You might think that we should enforce the general driving advice about "keep left" but this wouldnot be as powerful or as safe as a new rule prohibiting obstruction of traffic.
There are many occasions on lightly trafficked motorways when a lane 2 or 3 position might improve safety. An example of this would be a lone car passing a lone lorry. If the lorry is in lane one, it makes good sense for the car to move out all the way to lane three to pass the lorry as this provides a greater margin of error if the lorry drifts out of lane, swerves to avoid debris, or perhaps even has a tyre blow out. For another example, a lone car with no following traffic might reasonably choose a lane 2 position, despite the fact that there are no vehicles to overtake. Choosing lane 2 under these circumstances allows a whole lane free on either side to allow for mechanical failure, and floows the general advice of choosing a position on the road to balance the degree of danger to the left and the right of the intended path.
So our new rule makes it
an offence to occupy the outer lanes if a) there is no traffic to the left
being overtaken AND b) there is following traffic that may wish to overtake.