Those who sit in the middle lane clogging up the flow of traffic on the motorway, and the evil tailgaiters that sit but a couple of yards behind other drivers are both targeted by new measures introduced by the government to combat motor vehicle accidents.

Current laws require motorists to be stopped by the police, a court summons issued and then evidence of their infraction presented, the time this lengthy process takes often being a hindrance to cases being brought forward and prosecutions made.

The new rules though will sidestep this drawn out process in favour of on the spot fines.

“Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk,” said Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said to the BBC

“That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers.”

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