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STAY IN YOUR LANE Motorists angry like motorists eat up the middle lane of an empty freeway – but who’s right?

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DRIVING an empty freeway should be fairly uneventful – but this motorist somehow managed to make quite a fuss.

The BMW driver was spotted alone on the M5 at 5am Wednesday morning, hogging the middle lane.

The unidentified person behind the wheel was slammed for driving in the middle lane despite having no one to overtake.

Traffic should always stay in the left lane, aka lane one, unless overtaking.

But many Brits are guilty of dallying in the middle and fast lanes for too long, driving some motorists insane.

Traffic Officer Dave Harford, 43, shared a snap of the white BMW and claimed the motorist was in the center lane for over a mile.

He wrote in a tweet: “5am on a Wednesday morning. The M5. Not much traffic. And that happens. Oh my god – why why why??”

The traffic safety advocate says he constantly sees cars “hogging the lane” and reminded drivers that it is in fact “illegal”.

Since 2013, the police have been able to hand out fines and penalty points to motorists who set up camp in the middle lane.

If you’ve overtaken a vehicle, you’ll have to move back into the left lane or face a fine and points on your driver’s license.

It’s classified as careless driving and means you’re breaking the same law as tailgating or running a red light.

Dave, from Worcester, continued: “Traffic was behind this vehicle and said traffic had to switch to lane 3 to get past it – implying a higher risk.

“Yes. The car was a BMW, but they’re not the only ones doing it.

“People need to take responsibility for their actions and stop blaming others and making excuses.

“This is lane hogging. It’s illegal and creates congestion when there’s heavy traffic nearby.”

Penalties include a £100 fine, three penalty points and a driving awareness course.

Many social media users were quick to call out the BMW driver’s stupidity, with some branding their road etiquette “annoying”.

One wrote: “The lanes on the right are passing lanes. If you’re not overtaking, you shouldn’t be in it. The clue is in the name.”

Another added: “Middle lane hoggers are just bad drivers who don’t have confidence to change lanes safely shouldn’t be on the Autobahn.”

And a third chimed in: “As someone who drives a vehicle that can’t go in lane three, I find middle lane hackers really annoying.

“Especially if they then sit at 55-60 and don’t stop so you have to hold back as there’s nothing I can do or do as both are illegal.”

But others were more sympathetic to the driver and defended their decision to stay in the middle lane on the empty freeway.

One person said: “This is not an example of hogging as there are no other vehicles wanting/needing to occupy that lane.”

Another jumped to the motorist’s defense and commented: “Why not?

“Empty road so no problem and if they get a puncture they have more space to control the car.”

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