Today, the government announced measures to widen the scope of sanctions against careless driving for, among other things, middle lane-hogging.

BBC News also offered their analysis of these changes and why it is such a problem.

And here is mine.

As a driver, I place implicit trust in other drivers to drive somewhat predictably and, where actions are not predictable, adequate warning is given. In doing so, I have been able to avoid potential accidents, offer courtesy in congestion and drive economically, by anticipating the road ahead.

Middle lane-hoggers wilfully and flagrantly breach the Highway Code. In attempting to act predictably, they are creating doubt as to whether they adhere to any part of the Highway Code, or whether they just pick and choose the bits they like. Perhaps they do not indicate correctly at roundabouts, or perhaps they don’t really have a clue which set of lights they should be using. They probably don’t ever stop at zebra crossings.

An oft-heard claim is that middle lane-hoggers travel at 70 miles per hour and thus should not be causing any problems: those travelling faster are the nuisance. This argument is a case of “pot calling the kettle black”. You are a nuisance and — now — you’re a careless driver, too.