‘Stubborn left- or middle lane drivers have to be fined double’
“Stubborn keeping on driving on the left- or middle lane while the right lane is free, should to be fined 118 euro instead of 58 in the future”, the Belgian institute for road safety Vias proposes. By doing this, they are endangering other road users that are tempted to overhaul on the right side.
The latter is an infringement too, even of the ‘second degree’ and fined with 118 euro today already. “It’s illogical, because it is often a result of the centre or left lane driver, which is a lesser infringement today fined at 58 euro”, Vias spokesman Stef Willems says
Most irritating behaviour
Left or middle lane driving is considered the most irritating behaviour on the road today, followed by tailgating and not using direction indicators according to a study by mobility organization Touring.
And this also understood by federal Minister of Mobility François Bellot (MR), who will submit the Vias’ proposal to the Federal Commission for Road Safety, which is to meet this month and can take a decision quite fast.
Enforcing the law
But changing the law is one thing, enforcing is another. Best way to do it is by using anonymous police vehicles, Touring says.
“Today police is already checking this kind of infringement”, says police spokesman Peter De Waele. “But you have to follow these drivers and bring them to a save spot to verbalize them. Because today it’s only a catergory 1 infringement, it’s not a priority for police, but it will be when it becomes category 2”.