Remove restrictions on ‘undertaking’ on motorways

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Allow traffic to overtake on the left on motorways / multi-lane highways, subject to normal overtaking rules about it being safe to do so and not cutting in.

Why does this idea matter?

Drivers should be free to proceed in any lane where it is safe to do so.

Several counties allow overtaking on either side, which enables all lanes to be used to their full capacity and removes incentives for inconsiderate rivers to ‘hog’ the middle / right lanes.

7 Comments on Remove restrictions on ‘undertaking’ on motorways

  1. Phil Beaumont | 11/05/2011 at 9:30 am | Reply

    Better to prosecute those who do not keep to the left when not overtaking.

  2. Peter Ward | 13/05/2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply

    I agree with Phil, slow right-hand lane hogs hold up both lanes!

  3. B A Jenner | 30/05/2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply

    Might be OK but when first introduced, as drivers would not expect undertaking to occur, the undertaken driver. would be more likely to pull over to the left as the undertaker was passing.(causing a crash)

  4. tony taylor | 06/11/2011 at 8:18 am | Reply

    totally bad idea. as a driver of a large vehicle where duel carridge ways or motorways merge vehicles find themselves in the middle lane and have to move over into the left lane. if the vehicles merging and using the left lane overtake on the left the large vehicle cannot see them because they are not in line of sight in the mirror of the large vehicle.

  5. Peter Hucker | 04/09/2013 at 9:43 pm | Reply

    I already do this and have never caused a problem. People check their mirror before moving left, so they see you. If they’re hogging a lane, they probably won’t move anyway. It’s high time we let motorists think for themselves.

  6. Bad idea. In countries where this happens like Italy and the USA you need to weave through traffic to make any progress and obviously it’s dangerous. Just punish lane hoggers cause you pay more attention when you are changing lanes so you won’t crash, that’s why there’s so many crashes in Italy and the USA.

  7. Bob craven | 13/09/2015 at 10:00 pm | Reply

    Seems stupid that we are allowed to overtake however many vehicles we like if they are traveling slower than us in an outside lane but we cant overtake one idiot in the middle lane.

    How fair is that

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