Left Lane Blockers

Keep Right SignNo one likes a left lane blocker. These are the drivers who inhabit the left hand lane on multiple laned roadway and are oblivious to the traffic behind them that want to pass by. Clearly, they believe that if they are travelling at or close to the speed limit, there is no need for them to move over to the right hand lane for others.

If you are driving in the left hand lane and you are driving at a speed less than normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing, you must drive in the right hand lane if it is practical to do so. It is important to note that the words speed limit do not appear anywhere in the last sentence. If you are slower, move over. If you choose not to, you are at risk of being ticketed for failing to keep to the right unless it is unreasonable to do so.

There are two exemptions to this rule. The first allows you to move into the left lane to pass someone travelling slower than you are and the second allows you to use the left lane to prepare for a left turn at an intersection or into a driveway or private road. Preparation for the left turn will depend on the traffic volume at the time, but it is unlikely that a kilometer or more will be considered acceptable.

Left lane blockers increase the risk caused by aggressive drivers. The aggressive driver cares for no one but themselves and will try to get by using any means available. By refusing to move over, the left lane blocker contributes to unsafe lane changes and tailgating behaviour. A defensive driver will reduce the risk by giving right of way even when the law does not require them to.

References:

Driver on right - Section 150(2) MVA

Comments

Left Lane Blockers

There are a few problems with this article.
First No one likes left lane blocker. -This implies that your opinion is the opinion of the whole world and it is not. Hence it problably should say "People that want to speed and break the law do not like left lane blockers" Or "The author does like left lane blockers".

Second, They may not be oblivious to the traffic behind them, they may simply be doing the speed limit. Please remember that the speed limit is the maximum speed that a vehicle is to travel at, taking the road conditions into account. If they are doing the speed limit there is no reason for them to move over since anyone that wishes to pass them is committing a traffic offence.

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"If you are driving in the left hand lane and you are driving at a speed less than normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing, you must drive in the right hand lane if it is practical to do so. It is important to note that the words speed limit do not appear anywhere in the last sentence. If you are slower, move over. If you choose not to, you are at risk of being ticketed for failing to keep to the right unless it is unreasonable to do so."

This quote damages the acticle horribly, it mixes part of the traffic act with the authors mis-interpretation of the act. Clearly if a driver is driving below the speed limit and road conditions would allow other drivers to travel at the speed limit, the driver should move over to the right lane if it is safe to do so (as stated in the first line). The problem is the next sentence that states "speed limit do not appear..."
To me this implys that the author is stating that the speed limit does not apply to people in this lane, yet it is part of the act, hence why should they have to repeat it again. If you speed you are breaking the law, is this hard to understand. At this point where-ever the author states left lane blockers, it is unknow if the reference is to at the speed limit or below the speed limit drivers.
Another way of looking at it is - if a left lane blocker is blocking traffic then guess what, that driver has set the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing, hence to issue a ticket would be violation of the act.

Next paragaph is fine

Last paragraph is very bad since it now contradicts the second paragraph last lines "If you are slower, move over. If you choose not to, you are at risk of being ticketed for failing to keep to the right." keep in mind that slower had nothing to do with the speed limit, and the last line "A defensive driver will reduce the risk by giving right of way even when the law does not require them to.". So in one line it states you can be ticket for breaking the law by driving at the speed limit and the next states you were not breaking the law. Humm

As for aggressive drivers, we should not be helping them in any way shape or form, instead we need the police to treat them like any potential murder and hit them with every ticket they can.

A better reason to drive to the right has nothing to do with helping the criminals, it has to do with being one lane further away from traffic that is coming at you. Simple math, you are doing 100km/hr, they are doing 100km/hr in the opposite direction = 200km/hr head on collision. You do not walk away from the accident.

BT
 

Left Lane Blockers

Bravo!  Finally, another sensible driver who fails to see the logic of allowing aggressive drivers to bully their way around the road.  It is not my fault that these people have no regard for the law, so how is it my fault that by obeying the law, I am in the wrong?  The only exception that I make, is when the road is clearly posted "Keep Right Except To Pass".  If the signage reads "Slower Traffic Keep Right", then the slow drivers who cannot, for whatever reason, maintain the MAXIMUM SPEED , should yield the left lane.  The left lane is not the "fast" lane.  It has the same MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT as any other lane.  I have not yet seen a sign posting a "SUGGESTED SPEED LIMIT".   If these drivers  feel they need to exceed the MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT, they can go around me.

My first reaction to reading

My first reaction to reading the first part of this article (before the comments) was "Oh, this makes it sound like it is OK to go whatever speed you want in the left-hand lane."

Thanks to the other comments for pointing out the holes and mistaken attitude of the writer.

I feel quite confident in going exactly at the common maximum speed, which is 10 K/hr. OVER the posted speed limit (my observation  driving on BC roads for 40 years). If the posted speed limit is 100k/hr, then the "common maximum speed" is 110.

If I am in the left lane, going at the maximum common speed and someone wants to pass me, well, they can jolly well pass on the right. I refuse to be bullied by the speeders!!!!

I will not be ticketed for doing this - I am within the "error allowance" of the police. Anyone tailgating too close should get the ticket.

 

 

 

Left lane blockers

Perhaps some of you aren't aware that the initial poster is correct. While you are driving in the left lane you are REQUIRED to move over if someone approaches you from behind. (This is assuming there is noone in the direct vicinity forward of you in the same lane) Failing to do so is a violation of section 150(1 or 2) and also if you are travelling too slow while blocking the passing lane you are also violating section 151(g) of the MVA. Also the reason the person behind you isn't passing on the right is because that is also ILLEGAL! (as per section 158(1) of the MVA)

Failing to do so will garnish you a ticket for failing to move over regardless if the other driver was speeding. Also failing to move over causes the person wishing to pass frustration which will result in unsafe passing on the right (section 158(1, and 2a(or b if it was off the roadway)) .

So do yourself and everyone else on the road a favor and DRIVE in the right lane, PASS in the left lane like the LAW says you should. We don't care what you think is right or if you disagree with people speeding.  Everyone that speeds knows the law and accepts the ticket. By breaking it yourself, you only endanger the drivers around you and cause others more frustration with your stupidity and/or ignorance of the laws.

Each and every speeding ticket I have received (3) I have also caused the person that was in front of me to receive a ticket for those offenses (which was more than my speeding ticket). I testified in court the exact scenario that occured and he slapped me with $167 and the other driver with over $400 worth of tickets.

So go ahead and drive in your left lane, you will get run off the road by aggressive drivers and ticketed if you get near me while I'm getting one. I've got lots of money and little care for ignorant fools such as you breaking the law trying to inconvenience me.

Have a nice day!

Left Lane Blockers

Too funny, John.

Tail Gating is illegal

I agree, the act is very ambiguous. What is considered "normal".  Like the initial poster wrote, someone could be in the left lane and driving the maximum speed limit and some yahoo behind him who is speeding (as is everyone else) must move over to the right? I kinda find that hard to believe. I for one believe that if someone ever gets a ticket for not driving the "normal" speed of traffic will have the ticket thrown out. I believe "normal" means not exceeding the posted speed limit. In any event, "normal" must be clearly defined with the act. 

I do think John Denver is off cue. How often does a peace officer ticket more than once person? He usually tickets one person, the person who will be tailgaiting. You can drive in the left lane. The act makes no mention that you cannot. And the driver behind you must not tailgate you. The driver in front who is to go to the right lane must do so in a safe manner. For a driver to tailgate is by definition an aggressive driver. Tailgating is illegal and it is dangerous. The tone of John clearly indicates that he is a very aggressive individual. People like him should not have a driver's license, in my opinion. 

Below is the act for those who are unclear of all the numbers John has been throwing around:

 

Driver on right
150  (1) The driver of a vehicle must confine the course of the vehicle to the right hand half of the roadway if the roadway is of sufficient width and it is practicable to do so, except
 
(a) when overtaking and passing a vehicle proceeding in the same direction,
 
(b) when the right hand half of the roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair,
 
(c) on a highway designated and marked by signs for one way traffic,
 
(d) if necessary when operating snow removing equipment, or
 
(e) if
 
(i)  the movement of a vehicle, or combination of vehicles, is permitted by and is done in conformity with the terms of the oversize permit issued under the Commercial Transport Act, and
 
(ii)  the width of a vehicle, or combination of vehicles, or the width of a load on the vehicle makes the operation of the vehicle or combination of vehicles on the right hand half of the roadway unsafe.
 
(2) The driver of a vehicle proceeding at less than normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing must drive the vehicle in the right hand lane then available for traffic, or as closely as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing a vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or when preparing for a left hand turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
 
(3) The driver of a vehicle passing around a rotary traffic island must drive the vehicle to the right of the island.
 
Driving on laned roadway
151  A driver who is driving a vehicle on a laned roadway
 
(a) must not drive it from one lane to another when a broken line only exists between the lanes, unless the driver has ascertained that movement can be made with safety and will in no way affect the travel of another vehicle,
 
(b) must not drive it from one lane to another if that action necessitates crossing a solid line,
 
(c) must not drive it from one lane to another without first signalling his or her intention to do so by hand and arm or approved mechanical device in the manner prescribed by sections 171 and 172,
 
(d) when approaching an intersection intending to turn left must drive the vehicle in the centre lane or in the lane nearest the centre of the roadway on the right hand half of the highway,
 
(e) when approaching an intersection intending to turn right must drive the vehicle in the lane nearest to the right hand side of the roadway,
 
(f) must not pass a vehicle on the left if that action necessitates driving on that part of the highway designated for travel in the opposite direction, and
 
(g) if a traffic control device directs slow moving traffic to use a designated lane, must when driving slowly drive the vehicle in that lane 

Well put, John Denver, rich

Well put, John Denver, rich man with a total disregard for other drivers.

"...trying to inconvenience me. "

"...you will get run off the road..."

People with your "I'm superior to you" attitude take the pleasure out of driving.

Look, we all want to get to our destinations safely; lets cooperate on the roads.