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Left lane hogs in BC have gotten 1,554 tickets since 2015

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Jenni Sheppard Oct 13, 2017 4:25 pm 8,938

BC drivers hogging the left-hand lane have been hit with more than 1,500 tickets since 2015, according to statistics provided by ICBC.

New laws aimed at clearing up left-hand lanes of highways in BC were announced two years ago, with lane hogs facing fines of up to $167.

The “Improper Use Of Leftmost Lane” law states that on highways where the speed limit is 80 km/h or more, drivers must keep right unless they’re passing other cars.

Moving into the left lane is only permitted when merging, to make way for emergency vehicles, or when there’s heavy traffic causing a slowdown to 50 km/h or less.

According to ICBC’s figures, in 2015 and 2016 combined, 1,554 tickets were issued to drivers hogging the left-hand lane as follows:

2015

  • Fail To Keep Right: 630 tickets
  • Improper Use Of Leftmost Lane: 97 tickets
  • Slow Moving In Wrong Lane: 12
  • Slow Vehicle Not On Right: 24

2016

  • Fail To Keep Right: 610
  • Improper Use Of Leftmost Lane: 150
  • Slow Moving In Wrong Lane: 7
  • Slow Vehicle Not On Right: 24

Figures for 2017 are not yet available, but a breakdown focusing on Vancouver reveals the left-lane hogs in BC are mostly elsewhere.

In 2015, drivers in Vancouver only received 40 tickets for left-lane hogging. In 2016, that figure rose slightly to 50.

Perhaps Vancouver drivers are better than you think? Or maybe not.

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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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