Many drivers believe it’s okay to speed whilst overtaking but it’s not and could lead to a hefty fine


Many drivers in the UK believe it’s okay to break the speed limit when overtaking another vehicle on the road but this is not true and motorists should be aware of the fact to avoid a hefty fine or even a ban.

If you exceed the speed limit whilst overtaking the vehicle in front of you, you are breaking the law and could be punished as a result.

Francis Noakes from the new Get Licensed Driving School said: “From own experience, I know many drivers incorrectly believe they are allowed to break the speed limit just to get past another motorist.

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Driver Warning: Don’t break the speed limit whilst overtaking or you could be fined or even face disqualification!

“But let’s set the record straight – this is nonsense.”

The Highway Code states you should only overtake if it safe and legal to do so, with Rule 124 saying: “You MUST NOT exceed the maximum speed limits for the road and for your vehicle.”

The maximum fine possible for speeding on a normal road in the UK is £1,000 but much higher on motorways at £2,500, plus you could be given the maximum six points on your driving licence or even be disqualified from driving for a set period of time.

According to the latest Government figures, 7,980 powered vehicles were involved in an overtaking accident in 2017, with more than half (55%) being car drivers.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said: “The basic, common sense message, is do not overtake unless you are sure you can complete the manoeuvre safely and without causing risk or inconvenience to another road user.

“Although you should complete an overtaking manoeuvre quickly, never exceed the speed limit for the road.”



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