It is believed that on suburban roads consisting of four or more lanes, the leftmost lane is intended for overtaking, but some drivers do not return to the right even after making a maneuver.
There is nothing illegal in this, especially if the traffic flow on the road is really heavy. It is another matter if a motorist in the extreme left lane “vomits” at a speed of no more than 80-90 km / h, thereby interfering with other road users.
Because of it, drivers have to look for a loophole to overtake in other lanes, making potentially dangerous lane changes. Is the behavior of the motorist on the left legal and can he be punished somehow?
Section 9 of the Road Traffic Regulations is devoted to the location of cars on the roadway, while paragraph 9.4 states that on suburban roads where traffic is allowed at a speed of more than 80 km / h, motorists should be located as far as possible to the right, while moving in the left lane with a free right forbidden.
It turns out that if on an empty road the driver purposefully leaves as much as possible to the left and continues to move in the extreme lane, then by his actions he violates the traffic rules. The punishment for this offense is an administrative fine of 1,000 rubles (part 1 of article 12.15 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation).
In order not to interfere with the road, the driver must adhere to the average speed of the traffic flow. If the motorist wants to go slower, then for this he should take it to the right. Thus, he not only does not violate the law, but also hinders other traffic participants will be noticeably less.
If there is a car in front of you on the road in the left lane, then to begin with, simply “blink” its headlights. It is possible that the driver will immediately try to give way, provided that the lane to his right will be free and he will have somewhere to change lanes.
The presence of continuous markings can also prevent a motorist from walking to the right, so before continuing to blink the headlights, or even start honking at all, make sure that he really has the opportunity to provide you with free passage.
Sometimes the motorist in front really deliberately blocks the passage, preventing other road users from using the leftmost lane. Unfortunately, in such cases, drivers can only wait until a gap is formed on the busy road in order to finally get ahead of the impudent person in the right lane.
However, even in this situation, you should not use sound signals to attract the attention of a negligent motorist. The fact is that, according to the traffic rules, the use of a horn is allowed only in two cases: to prevent an accident or to notify other motorists about their intention to overtake outside the village.
Therefore, it is not worth signaling unless absolutely necessary, since a sharp signal can confuse other road users, provoking a potentially dangerous situation. By the way, for drivers who like to make noise on the road, there is a separate fine (Article 12.20 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation), according to which traffic police can either punish a motorist in the amount of 500 rubles, or scold him, limiting himself to a verbal warning.