Road users could be charged with careless driving or dangerous driving for not following clear rules which could see penalties issues. Rule 165 of the Highway Code states road users MUST NOT overtake if they need to cross or straddle double white lines.
Guidance from the National Police Chiefs’ Council says that lower-level offences will be dealt with by fixed penalties and driver education.
The AA says careless driving offences can include overtaking and forcing your way into a queue of traffic, overtaking on the side or overtaking and causing another vehicle to brake.
However, in the event of a serious offence, police officers may decide to issue road users with a dangerous driving offence.
The AA warns these will always be dealt with by a court appearance where maximum penalties can increase.
Maximum fines are set at £5,000 while drivers could also be issued between three and nine penalty points and even a temporary ban.
Rule 166 of the Highway Code also states drivers DO NOT overtake a car if there is any doubt over the road safety or where drivers cannot see far enough ahead to be sure a road is clear.
This can be key at corners or roads, near a hump bridge or at the bottom of a hill where views may be blocked.
The law states drivers should “overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so” regardless of the situation.
The RAC says drivers need to consider whether it is absolutely necessary to overtake a vehicle or whether it is not worth the risk.
If they choose to go for a move the driver must keep their car’s performance and geographical demand in mind.
In a critical warning, they say drivers should never assume they can follow another car that is already overtaking.
This could be a safety risk as the driver in front may have judged there is only enough room for their vehicle and not another.