Those driving large or slow-moving vehicles may be fined if they form or delay a long traffic queue
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As millions of people head out for the long Easter weekend, Britain’s roads are expected to be busier over the next four days.
Inevitably, it has also caused delays – with queues of up to 30 miles defacing Britain’s rammed motorways on Good Friday.
But caravan owners who contribute to the disruption could face police action. According to Rule 169 of the Road Traffic Act, road users are not allowed to form or hold up long traffic queues.
Police are likely to enforce the rule over the bank holiday, according to Quotezone.co.uk.
The rule most likely applies to people in large or slow-moving vehicles, which may include tractors, trailers, and horseboxes. living in Cornwall reports.
Those unintentionally forming long lines should routinely check their mirrors and stop when safe to do so, allowing traffic to overtake in accordance with the Highway Code and police.
Bypassing traffic reduces the risk of other drivers making dangerous maneuvers to avoid slow-moving vehicles.
Drivers attempting to overtake larger vehicles are advised to prepare their maneuver and not follow other drivers as there may be more traffic ahead.
As well as a fine of up to £5,000, owning more than six cars risks adding three to nine points to your driving licence.
During the busy Easter period, police could well be seen enforcing the rule.
Greg Wilson, founder of leading farm vehicle insurance company Quotezone.co.uk, which compares insurance deals for farmers, said: “Traffic congestion could become more frequent and prolonged as holidaymakers avoid international trips due to chaos and cancellation at airports and ports – with the addition of Mass railway technology works that preclude an alternative transport closer home.
“Farmers are incredibly busy and it’s not always possible to stop, but it’s really important to be as safe as possible on the roads and also to protect finances.
“Penalty points could increase insurance premiums by as much as 25 percent for six points – since tractor insurance can be quite expensive, it’s not worth the financial risk or potential loss of a driver’s license if the new penalties push the total score above 12.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brits-could-fined-5000-holding-26722839 Brits could be fined £5,000 this weekend for obstructing traffic on the roads