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Highway Code makes the law clear
12:37pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Your Say
I HAVE to take issue with ‘Motorcyclist of Andover’ and the letter ‘motoring madness’.
The speed limit on single carriageway roads is 60mph, although some rural roads have 50mph limits in parts.
I cannot condone impatient drivers behind those travelling at the speed limit, but often one finds drivers not in a hurry driving 10-20 mph below the speed limit on clear open roads. A queue of traffic builds up behind them. If they want to drive that slowly they should pull over into a lay-by and let faster traffic pass as a matter of courtesy.
Turning to the motorway, the writer has a misapprehension about relevant laws. The Highway Code says: “259 – Joining the motorway.
When you join the motorway you will normally approach it from a road on the left (a slip road) or from an adjoining motorway.
You should: give priority to traffic already on the motorway, check the traffic on the motorway and match your speed to fit safely into the traffic flow in the left-hand lane.”
Unfortunately many people wrongly believe they can push their way into the nearside lane. Drivers in the nearside lane must increase their concentration at merge points. Also, a lot of people do not accelerate on the slip road to the nearside lane traffic speed, normally 56 mph where there are lorries. Also: “264 – You should always drive in the lefthand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the lefthand lane as soon as you are safely past.”
People who hog the middle lane at speeds lower than other drivers are unnecessarily forcing them into the third lane.
Brian Otridge, Belle Vue Road, Andover