It would appear few drivers know this, but the left lane on the motorway is for normal driving. All others are for overtaking. Highway code rule 238 states: ‘You should drive in the left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear. Return to the left-hand lane once you have overtaken all the vehicles or if you are delaying traffic behind you.’ You can try and justify why driving a steady 70mph in the middle or right hand lanes is acceptable, but it’s against the rules. Police now have new powers to tackle middle lane hoggers and if you’re caught, you can face an on the spot fine.