Driving experts welcome new police powers to prevent lane-hogging and tailgating
DRIVING experts have backed new laws aimed at making Bolton’s roads safer.
Laws which came into force yesterday mean motorists who drive too close to the car in front or who hog the middle lane on motorways can get £100 on-the-spot fines and three penalty points on their licence.
Previously, they would have had to go to court, a lengthy process costly to taxpayers.
In another change, people punished by officers at the roadside for using a phone at the wheel or for not wearing a seatbelt will now be fined £100 rather than £60.
In some cases, drivers will be able to choose between a fine and a driving awareness course.
George Myerscough, of Driving Ambition Bolton, has been teaching people to drive for 22 years and is an advanced motoring tutor and recognised as one of the country’s leading drivers.
He said: “These moves are definitely a step in the right direction and will make motorists think twice before breaking the law.
“With tailgating, it happens a lot and, often, drivers might as well be on the back seat of the car in front.
“It puts the driver in front under pressure and lowers the reaction time of the driver behind – the perfect recipe for a crash.”
Mr Myerscough said the Driving Standards Agency needed to do more to make motorways safer.
He added: “People who have just passed their test can go on to motorways and they find that it’s completely different from what they’ve experienced as a driver before.
“I definitely think that new drivers should have some form of compulsory motorway tuition, part-icularly about lane discipline.”
The changes were also welcomed by Bolton and District Advanced Motor-ists.
Chief Inspector Rachel Buckle, of Greater Manchester’s road policing unit, said: “We are committed to improving the safety of the county’s roads for motor-ists, cyclists and pede-strians.
“We all know only too well the consequences of careless driving and this change to legislation is just another tactic we will use as part of our ongoing enforcement to make sharing the roads a safer experience for everyone.”
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