Motorists warned against illegal overtaking
At this busy time of year, IAM RoadSmart, a road safety charity, is urging drivers to take care when overtaking and not to put themselves and others at risk.
In explaining the dangers involved with illegal or reckless overtaking, its Head of Driver Behaviour, Rebecca Ashton, has stated that:
“Whenever you think about overtaking you should consider the primary hazard, secondary hazards and any possible dynamic hazards before and during the manoeuvre.”
According to the Highway Code, if motorists are driving along a road with a solid white line in the centre, or with two white lines with the unbroken line closest to the motorist, then overtaking should not be considered. In addition, the manual states that overtaking should not take place if to do so would mean using a lane restricted for the use of buses or trams. Such a manoeuvre should also not be undertaken when prohibited by relevant signs, or in the event of being behind a stationary vehicle at a pedestrian crossing.
Generally, reckless overtaking can result in a £100 fine and three penalty points on a driver’s licence. However, if the circumstances are deemed more serious, punitive measures may include a considerably higher fine, up to nine penalty points, and even a ban.
As part of their driving lessons in Chester, students will learn the safest scenarios and methods for overtaking in a relaxed, risk-free way. In the meantime, drivers across the UK are encouraged to keep calm and remain safe during the festive season.