Dangerous or reckless overtaking could land you with a £100 fine & three penalty points!


A warning is being issued to drivers in the UK about the dangers of illegal overtaking and how it could lead to a hefty fine and penalty points if caught.

Dangerous or reckless overtaking could see you being hit with a £100 fine and three penalty points and if the case ends up in court, you could be facing an unlimited fine and up to nine points on your driving licence which all depends on how severe the offence was.

Drivers in the UK are being urged to think carefully and assess the road ahead before attempting an overtake, as this manoeuvre can be dangerous not just for the driver but other roads users too, with serious risk of a crash.

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If on the road there’s a single solid white line running down the centre or a double white line with a solid white line, then you shouldn’t risk an overtake.

And when you do overtake another vehicle, ensure that you don’t make it where other drivers are having to slow down or even stop.

“Double white lines are there to separate the traffic, but you should always be aware of the possibility of someone not obeying them and putting you at risk – remember they are not walls, just paint,” said Rebecca Ashton, IAM RoadSmart Head of Driver Behaviour.

They can be crossed if you need to get passed a cyclist, horse or slow moving road maintenance vehicle but only if it’s safe to do so and you can give them enough space when passing.

According to Rule 162 of the Highway Code, a driver must ensure that before overtaking, the road ahead is sufficiently clear, road users are not beginning to overtake you and there’s a suitable gap in front of the road user you intend to overtake.


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