Keep Right, Let Others Pass Law is Now Official on BC Highways

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If you’ve ever found yourself stuck behind a slow moving vehicle travelling in the left lane of a BC highway, we have some good news for you.

What’s happening? British Columbia has a new law requiring motorists to keep right and let others pass.

Why are we doing this? From November 2013 to January 2014, we undertook a province-wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review. During the review, complaints about drivers “hogging” the left lane – despite direction in the Motor Vehicle Act that slow drivers should use the right lane, were a prominent theme. The safety of the travelling public is our primary goal and slower-moving vehicles, such as recreational vehicles, travelling in the left lane not only reduce the efficiency of the highway system, they cause driver frustration. This results in aggressive and erratic driving behavior which is unsafe for everyone.

What is the law? The new legislation prohibits driving in the left lane unless a motorist is:

  • overtaking and passing another vehicle
  • moving left to allow traffic to merge
  • preparing for a left hand turn
  • passing a stopped official vehicle displaying red, blue or yellow flashing lights, such as: police cars, ambulances, tow trucks, maintenance or construction vehicles.

Who does it affect? The law applies to all motorists travelling on BC highways with two or more lanes of traffic travelling in the same direction and a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater.

When does it start? June 12, 2015

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What can you expect?
Signs demonstrating the new law are now in place across the province. Line markings have also been changed and now direct traffic into the right lane. This new legislation is fully supported by ICBC and provincial law enforcement agencies. Drivers failing to keep right can be fined $167 and three driver penalty points.

Do you have any questions or comments about the new law? Let us know in the comments below and we will try to get you an answer. You can also connect with us on Twitter and Facebook or search out some Frequently Asked Questions.

217 comments on “Keep Right, Let Others Pass Law is Now Official on BC Highways”

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    • Hi Eileen. The law does not apply in that case. The blog states: “The law applies to all motorists travelling on BC highways with two or more lanes of traffic travelling in the same direction and a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater.”

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  1. I travel 5 days a week from Chilliwack to North Vancouver for work and am very frustrated by the amount of people that simply hog the left lane for no good reason and thereby obstruct a decent traffic flow.
    I see all these signs about ” leave the phone alone” when do we get warning signs for left lane huggers, electronic and roadside !?
    I see frustrated drivers tailgating them, passing them left via the hov lane and right honking fingering them and they simply continue 🤬

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    • Hi Karel
      Sorry for your frustration. I can certainly pass along your comments to the local region. Please drive safely.

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  2. I am joining this conversation months later,but I can tell you that this rule if followed would have made driving on the HIGHWAY 100% safer.
    People who are hogging the left lane are usually doing it intentionally and often in an aggressive way. Mostly based on a False Sense of Entitlement and lack of awareness that their behaviour is actually more dangerous than people who are passing them faster than the speed limit. First of all, it is not the drivers’ responsibility to enforce the speeding law by blocking others from passing. in addition, preventing others from passing just leads to unsafe driving behaviour such as tailgating by the cars following the left lane hogger, aggressively and unnecessarily breaking by the person being followed in an attempt to “get people to stay away” or “get rear ended and get some ICBC compensation” and all other nonsense. Moreover, people who are hogging the left lane claim that they are driving close to the speed limit therefore they “can’t go any faster” which is retarded in itself since what is needed from them is to move to the right lane and not go any faster.
    what people don’t understand is that the left lane is not a travelling lane, it is a lane to be used by people to pass. it is safer to pass from the left than it is to pass from the right. If for example I am going 100km/hr in a 90km/hr zone and someone approaches me at 140km/hr from behind, it is not my job to enforce the law but to obey it by moving to the right lane since the rule regarding lanes use in a highway is actually talking about “the speed of the traffic” not the speed limit.
    People in canada need to drive in other countries especially Europe to get a sense of what highway driving is like. Car are usually driving +150km/hr and everyone (no exception) is following the simplest rule to make highway driving safer (Keep right unless passing and Let others pass).
    I won’t mention the Autobahn because people would just claim that “the highway there is designed better than here”, but what these idiots don’t understand is that it doesn’t matter how good a highway is designed if the drivers don’t follow the most basic rules of the highway (Keep right unless passing and Let others pass).

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    • Hi there!

      The posted speed limit is enforceable by the police and we don’t endorse travelling over the speed limit; however, if you are travelling at (or slightly above) the posted speed limit in the passing lane and another vehicle approaches you from behind at a higher speed, you should move over and let them pass. We do not encourage slower moving vehicles to “enforce” speed limits by holding up faster vehicles in the passing lane as this only causes driver frustration and possibly reckless behaviour on the road.

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  3. It’s the best way I’ve seen on North American Highways so far. It breaks down a little when I look at the sign you have for three lanes. Some may think that trucks should move right , and all should be treated equal. Hopefully B.C. Doesn’t blindly follow the many others that restrict trucks from the left lane.

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    • Thanks for your comment Charles. While we are responsible for legislating this regulation – the BC RCMP is responsible for enforcing. We do try to educate the travelling public about this rule of the road whenever we can.

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  4. I’m in agreement with the law requiring drivers to use the right lane except for passing.
    I’m also in agreement with the use of HOV lanes.
    I’m not in agreement with the perception that you must move over or out of a HOV lane as
    soon as a speeder comes up behind you if you’re traveling at least the posted limit, are
    following another HOV user, and all HOV users ahead are continually passing vehicles in
    the normal passing lane. Most HOV lanes have long sections painted with solid white lines
    between the HOV lane and the passing and/or traveling lane which is illegal to cross.
    Insisting that even those drivers already driving over the speed limit get out of the
    way of those drivers driving aggressively, are being bullies, and have no regard for the
    safety of others is only contributing to their aggressive behavior. As a former commercial driving instructor, I would like to know which law you are suggesting I break, crossing a solid white line, holding up a illegal speeder, or risking driving at well over the speed limit so as not to hold up that aggressive driver?

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    • Further about using the HOV lane…In BC, Hov lanes are excluded from the new
      law requiring vehicles to move to the right out of left lanes unless they are passing.
      Not having to ‘get out of the way’ of speeding vehicles doesn’t entitle drivers to hold
      up other drivers by going under the speed limit to which you are subject to a ticket for
      impeding traffic though.

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      • Keeping to the right except to pass is NOT intended to clear the way (so called Fast Lanes) for illegal speeders, but for emergency responders.
        For many decades now, drivers have misunderstood the purpose of the sign (in Ontario), “Slower Traffic Keep Right” as, “So long as I’m going fast, I can drive in the left lane.” This is totally false. This sign is for heavy vehicles about to climb a hill. For whatever the reason, the MTO started putting this sign in place of “Keep Right Except to Pass” sign.
        Why would anyone want to travel on a multi-lane highway in the far left lane when just on the other side of that barrier, patch of grass, or bunch of trees – whatever the median – glass, metal, rubber and plastic are hurling at you at 100 km/h or more!
        Look up cooperative driving for your next read

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    • Hi David and thanks for sharing your concern with us. Unfortunately some drivers treat the HOV lane as a passing (fast) lane. Are the vehicles you have noticed driving aggressively in the HOV lane actually vehicles with two or more occupants? It sounds to us like they are treating the HOV lane as an extended passing lane. Unfortunately, we are not responsible for enforcing the law, only creating it. We encourage you to share your concern with the local authority so that they are aware and can enforce.

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  5. It is a difficult law to enforce, because there’s a lot of left lane hogs and too few patrol cars in the right place, at the right time. Now, if the police could issue tickes based on public dashcam videos of lane hogs – let the traffic police the traffic – that would set things straight in a hurry. I’d have a half-dozen clips per day for them… that’s a healthy contribution to the revenue stream.

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    • Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for your comment. Enforcement is only one part of the picture. ICBC is including this legislation in their rules of the road/Drive Smart book to help educate new drivers about the law as well.

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  6. I live in Ontario and I am all FOR this law. ALL the provinces need this law and the police in the entire country needs to crack down on the incompetent motorists.

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  7. I sometimes drive in the HOV lane (I have an EV) and I’m tired of drivers who think the HOV lane is the “lead, follow or get out of the way” Lane.

    (Highway 1 east/westbound between Vancouver and Surrey).

    The HOV Lane is NOT the FAST lane.

    If you want to speed (and faster than everyone else), and as “tranbceditor” has been saying, the lane to the right of the HOV Lane is the lane that people must move over (to the right) if someone is behind them.

    No matter how fast I drive in the HOV, there is always some jerk who gets on my bumper because he wants to do 110km/hr in a 90km/hr in that lane. I would love it if the RCMP had way more speed traps on that road. They’d make enough to pay Translink expansion to Langley from Surrey in no time.

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  8. This rule has created a lot of entitlement issues with some highly aggressive and dangerous drivers. I was never a left lane hog, but aren’t I also entitled to pass the slow-moving vehicles in the right lane? Case in point: when the Nanaimo ferry unloads at Horseshoe Bay. There’s bumper to bumper traffic, all slow moving trucks and camper vans in the right lane doing well under the speed limit. I’m in the left lane, passing all of them, but the left lane is not clear for speeders either – it’s called VOLUME; I cannot drive any faster than the person in front of me, so I go with the flow and leave enough space in front of me appropriate for the speed we are going, which in the left lane might be only just above 80 if that. (Remember, I mentioned volume – we’d all like to go faster, OK, but we can’t, because, volume). Invariably some entitlement king zooms up behind me and starts flashing his lights at me to move over. Why should I get in line behind all the camper vans – we ALL want to go faster, but we can’t. Volume. And if I did drop my speed and squeeze in behind the bumper to bumper trucks and camper vans, Mr. Entitlement would be exactly one car length ahead and then he’d be having a stress attack at the NEXT person ahead. Clearly some people think that the left lane needs to be kept clear just for them so they can do 150 km/hour while everyone else drives single file at 20 km/hour creating a traffic backlog that would take hours to clear. If I’m passing everyone (the bumper to bumper slow trucks) and I got a ticket simply because Mr. Entitlement behind me felt his need to get home faster was more important than mine, I’d dispute that ticket.

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    • I am getting sick of aggressive drivers and being forced into the slow lane allowing others to speed. Why should I be the one, whenI ma going the speed limit, allowing speeders who could possibly cause an accident or take a life. Sure, i’ll move over, but only when the fast lane is monitored more closely for speeders. Unfortunately, speeding remains one of the most common causes of auto accidents in BC

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      • Hi Joel,
        The safety of the travelling public is our absolute top priority. We encourage drivers to travel at safe speeds and to match the conditions on the road.
        In order to keep traffic moving smoothly on our highways, we also encourage drivers to think in terms of “travelling” and “passing” lanes rather than “fast” and “slow” lanes. The rightmost lanes are travelling lanes and all vehicles should use this lane primarily. If you need to pass a slower moving vehicle in the travelling lane, please do so by using the passing lane and then moving back into the travelling lane to allow other vehicles (yes, sometimes even vehicles that are speeding) to do the same. This courtesy also keeps the passing lane open for emergency vehicles etc.
        Driving slowly in the passing lane can cause some drivers, travelling at a faster speed, to drive more erratically, potentially increasing the risk of accidents due to speeding. The BC RCMP is aware of speeding as an issue and they work as hard as they can to enforce this. We hope that this helps clarify. Thanks for commenting.

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        • Reading through all these replies I see you are repeatedly trying to convince people that the left lane is a passing lane and right a traveling lane and not fast and slow lanes. Then you go on in the same post and call them fast and slow lanes yourself. Perhaps it would be helpful if you informed the drivers that while passing it is a violation to exceed the speed limit while passing. People are treating the MAX speed LIMIT as a minimum speed. If no one exceeds the limit then it would be virtually impossible to overtake anyone in any lane, therefore, making all driving safer and traffic flow according to the actual volume. If everyone were to try and drive in the right lane you wouldn’t be able to get onto the road at all bringing everything to a standstill. Speed is an issue and ALL speeders are breaking the law.

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          • Hello Ken and thank you for your comments and interest in this issue.
            Our apologies if we have used the language fast and slow and unintentionally caused any confusion.
            We do try to use the language “passing and travel lanes” whenever possible to help illustrate the idea we are encouraging.
            You are correct – driving over the posted speed limit is against the law and we do not encourage that.
            We are encouraging travellers to be aware of vehicles moving at a higher rate of speed than them and to make way for those vehicles to pass safely.
            Slower moving traffic (commercial vehicles, trucks with fifth wheels, and those more cautious drivers) often travel well below the posted speed limit, causing those behind them hoping to travel at a higher rate of speed some frustration.
            We understand that not all traffic can fit into the right/travel lane, which is why this legislation includes language for drivers using the left/passing lane, asking them to move out of the way of faster moving vehicles behind them.
            While we are responsible for enacting this legislation, the BC RCMP is responsible for enforcing it (and speeding). We understand your frustration with those drivers travelling at high rates of speed but strongly discourage drivers from travelling at or below the posted speed limit in the left/passing lane to keep speeders from speeding. This only aggravates the situation, causing danger for all travellers on the road. We hope this helps. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

        • very good , just one thing you use the words travel lanes which I thin is not exactly correct . There’s one travel lane and the rest of the lanes to the left are passing lanes. True you may spend a lot of time at least in the first lane to the left, but if your not passing and there’s room to do so, move right.

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  9. I talked to 9 coworker in my downtown office; 4 from the North Shore, 3 from Burnaby and 2 from Tricity. Only 1 person has seen keep right road sign. 3 thought it was not in effect because they never seen the signs and they do not see it happening on the highway. I saw the response to Dobie and I think it should be between the locations he mentioned. It should not be only for the Rural areas this rule applies all over BC. Make it obvious to drivers where it is busier.
    They have this rule in the USA and I have no problem driving down there, everyone is aware because they pay to have Signs. They think that the “new” Driver will all know but to those who have had their drivers license for a few years (+ plus) have to be made aware NOW. I am one that gets annoyed driving behind a slow moving vehicle in the Left lanes. I can just imagine what happens when there is road rage… BC should pay for more signs to be displayed to protect the other drivers
    Thank you.

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    • Thanks for your comment Roger. We are working with ICBC to update their Drive Smart manual to train new drivers around this legislation. It is our hope that, over time, drivers will witness other drivers keeping right and letting others pass and follow suit. Hope that this helps.

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  10. What abou5 highways that already have signs that say keep right except to pass that are below 80km/h. Say if the speed limit is only 70km/h. Do you still follow the signs that say keep right except to pass?

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  11. This law has been out for almost a year and a half and I have not noticed much change. Where I drive the most is on the number 1 between Portman bridge and Horseshoe bay and there is not 1 new sign up between these 2 locations. There are signs East of Port man bridge and West of Horseshoe bay. (There is one old, very small, sign on east bound on the left before Iron workers bridge). In this area I have seen a lot of road rage due to slow drivers in the left lane. Why is there no signs on this part of the number 1 highway that seems to be the busiest, especially during rush hour?

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    • Hi Dobie,

      Thanks for your comment. We asked our traffic engineers your question and they told us that the Keep Right signs are only installed on rural multi-laned freeways. While the law is still in effect elsewhere, traffic on the Port Mann Highway 1 corridor generally exhibit passing in the fast lane without need for signage.

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      • I may disagree with this as the amount of times there is a driver in the left lanes going slower I tend to have to go to the right to pass and I usually not the only driver passing the slow driver on the right. I feel there are a lot of drivers that are not aware (or maybe they do not care) that the left is for passing cars. But if the traffic engineers think the signs should not be on the number 1 highway between these 2 locations it is their choice. I know the law applies to these areas too and are just as important but that is only my opinion.
        However, another question I have is what if the HOV lane is on the right hand side? Such as the Barnet Hwy between Burnaby and Port Moody and the speed limit is 80/km. Are the slower drivers to stay on the left side? I asks as few months ago there was a extremely rude (Road Rage) driver that was aggravated by a little old woman driving on the left not over taking the car on the right. I will drive on the right when the time permits me to drive in the HOV lane.
        Thank you for all your information as this is extremely helpful.

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        • Hello again,

          The location of an HOV lane should be viewed as arbitrary. There is a misconception that because HOV lanes are often found in the left most lane, that they can be used for vehicles wanting to travel at a higher speed. The location of the HOV lane on the Barnet Highway is a great example of this. The Keep Right rule still applies here. Vehicles travelling at a lower speed should stay in the right (or in this case, middle lane). Vehicles travelling at a higher rate of speed, who want to pass slower moving vehicles, should use the left most lane for passing and then return to the right, or middle lane. High occupancy vehicles are given their own lane as an incentive to encourage environmentally friendly travel. Anyone who meets the number identified as high occupancy is free to use the HOV lane. Hope that this helps!

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          • “The location of an HOV lane should be viewed as arbitrary. There is a misconception that because HOV lanes are often found in the left most lane, that they can be used for vehicles wanting to travel at a higher speed. The location of the HOV lane on the Barnet Highway is a great example of this. The Keep Right rule still applies here. Vehicles travelling at a lower speed should stay in the right (or in this case, middle lane). Vehicles travelling at a higher rate of speed, who want to pass slower moving vehicles, should use the left most lane for passing and then return to the right, or middle lane. High occupancy vehicles are given their own lane as an incentive to encourage environmentally friendly travel. Anyone who meets the number identified as high occupancy is free to use the HOV lane. Hope that this helps!”

            The Barnett is a terrible example, it’s only two lanes, it doesn’t have a middle lane, only a time dependant HOV and a left lane. It actually creates a highly impractical highway during HOV times. Most of the time you will see only a minor percentage of the traffic in the HOV lane and half of them are single occupant vehicles anyhow. The likelyhood of arranging carpooling along that route is very poor to say the least, it’s really just creating a massive inconvenience for 90% of the drivers who have little to no chance of carpooling anyhow.

          • Hi Chris. Thank you for following up to our comment.We have shared your concern about the effectiveness of this route with our local area manager for review. You can also connect directly with them via our district office:
            Suite 310 – 1500 Woolridge St.
            Coquitlam, BC V3K 0B8
            604 527-2221

            Hours of operation:
            8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

  12. I find that there is confusion with the highway markings primarily in the areas of “passing lanes” on two lane roads. The new law of “keep right let others pass”, I consider it primarily to be a re-enforcement of the existing law. The signage, at the beginning of a passing lane, shows the added lane (in a heavy solid line)running as the outside lane and then jogging in at the point where the passing lane ends. The dashed line on the sign shows the passing lane as the inside lane and it ends just before the merge point. I believe the intent is the outside lane to be the through traffic lane and the inside lane to be only the passing lane. At the point just before the two lanes merge (inside lane ends) the passing lane traffic must yield and merge into the through traffic lane. The confusion I find is just before the outside lane jogs over, at the merge point, there are arrows on the through lane (outside lane) directing traffic to merge into the inside lane (passing lane). This seems to me to be a contradiction to the real intent of traffic flow. In fact, the inside lane (passing lane) traffic should be merging into the outside through lane instead and the arrows should be on the inside lane directing the traffic accordingly. I think this would help eliminate any merge confusion and work towards what the intent really is.

    I’ve been to Newfoundland and observed what they have done. They have “Yield” painted on the inside lane road surface just prior to the lane ending. No confusion.

    I would like to know what comments you may have.

    Thank you
    Bill

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    • Hello Bill,

      Thanks for your comment. We spoke with out traffic engineers who told us that you shouldn’t consider the right lane as the through lane. Pavement markings at the beginning of passing lanes are intended to guide drivers to the right lane. Faster drivers wishing to pass are able to stay left to pass. At the end of the passing lane, the right lane terminates which initiates a merge by vehicles into the left lane which proceeds down the highway. Merging from the right to the left is a safer practice. Drivers have better visibility from the right to see available gaps, judge approaching distances, and merge into traffic.

      The condition in Newfoundland is not supported in BC. This approach is contrary to upstream signage, can cause vehicles to slow or stop in the fast lane to YIELD to vehicles to their right. They then are merging from the left, which is less safe than merging from the right.

      The ministry does permit merging from the left, most commonly seen in protected-T intersections. These areas require additional driver messaging for the unexpected operation. Hope that this helps.

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  13. While commuting to work and I notice a car that is driving in the passing lane making multiple cars pass them on the right should I notify the BC RCMP with the driver’s license plate number? By driving many kilometers like that they’re going to create road rage with frustrated drivers.

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  14. RE: overtaking slow drivers in the right lane on the highway

    Hello,

    I’m not sure if this question has already been answered above – I didn’t read the whole thread since it’s very long. Here’s the scenario:

    – I am driving on a divided highway with two lanes available for each direction of traffic
    – I approach a slower driver who is driving in the left lane
    – There are no cars in the right lane
    – The slower driver refuses to move into the right lane to let me pass
    – I decide to use the right lane to pass the slower vehicle

    Is this illegal?

    Thank you for helping to clarify this.

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    • Hi Brandy,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. Yes, this is a popular topic! The Keep Right legislation is in place to prevent drivers from making risky moves by passing on the right. The scenario you describe is not illegal, but if the right lane is clear, you should move into it and use it until you need to pass someone moving more slowly than you in the right hand lane. The right lane is best viewed as the travel lane and if there is no traffic in that lane, you should use it. Hope that this helps.

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  15. Why should I pull over for some speeding Jerk when I’m already doing 20+ k/h over the posted limit? Without visible police it’s a free – for – all and I’m joining the ranks of speeders. I used to be a’nice’ driver.

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    • Hi Clean DL over 50 years,

      If you are travelling in the left (or passing lane) and someone approaches you from behind travelling at a higher rate of speed, you are required to move into the right (travelling lane) to allow them to pass, even if you are both travelling over the speed limit. Keeping right and letting others pass prevents erratic and dangerous driving from frustrated drivers. While we (the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are responsible for enacting the legislation in effect on BC Highways, we are not responsible for enforcing it. That responsibility falls to the BC RCMP. This law is not new, but has been recently updated, to allow enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points. Neither we, nor the BC RCMP, place a higher priority on one law over another on BC Highways – the safety of the travelling public is always our number one goal. We hope this helps to clarify and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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  16. When I see several cars in the right hand lane spaced out over a few kilometers all only a few cars lengths apart, I always see some idiot speed right up to their bumpers then swerve around them so close they almost run them off the road then floor it right up to the next cars bumper and do it again. My dash cam has many good videos of cars doing that passing as many as a dozen cars in the right lane this way because they think they are not allowed to be in the left lane except for the time it takes to pass one car, as opposed to passing several at once. Lost of cars that have to slam on their brakes because the passing car has to squeeze in between them and the car in front of them… This is road safety, it would just be stupid to pass 2 or 3 cars in a row when they are all doing 90 in a 110 zone, it’s much safer to dive between them and make them hit the brakes because some misguided phobia about being in the left lane for more than a few seconds

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  17. Let’s make speeding, the leading cause of accidents, more convenient great idea. For those wondering if people will obey these new signs I’m guessing they will the same way you obey the the many signs with numbers on them that a law too in case there was any concussion on that. Personally I’ve always followed the passing lane to pass rule but I can not believe the police will ignore the speeders and ticket lane abusers. Crazy world.

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    • Hello,

      While we (the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are responsible for enacting the legislation in effect on BC Highways, we are not responsible for enforcing it. That responsibility falls to the BC RCMP. This law is not new, but has been recently updated, to allow enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points. Neither we, nor the BC RCMP, place a higher priority on one law over another on BC Highways – the safety of the travelling public is always our number one goal. We hope this helps to clarify and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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  18. The real problem with passing lanes is the people who putter along for m-i-l-e-s at 10 to 20 kph UNDER the speed limit where there is NO passing lane, with a line-up of vehicles behind them, then blitz up to to 20 to 30 kph OVER the speed limit where the IS a passing lane. Only to then SLOW BACK DOWN to 10 to 20 kph BELOW the speed limit until they reach the next passing lane, and repeat the same dick behaviour. Over and over again. That causes epic frustration for motorists, and is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Unless you can fix that, passing lanes will not fix the traffic flow issues on BC highway.

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    • Hi Shellie,

      Thanks for your comments. In addition to this legislation being enforceable by law, we are also working with ICBC to update their Drive Smart manual to train new drivers around this legislation. It is our hope that, over time, drivers will witness other drivers keeping right and letting others pass and follow suit. Hope that this helps.

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    • Your right it’s not for slower traffic to move right , it’s for all traffic to move right after finished passing. Many people don’t know what slower traffic is , but all , means all, trucks , cars , whether you think your slow or fast, so that if and when there’s someone wanting to overtake whether it be truck or emergency vehicle or another car he can overtake and get back in the right lane. If you don’t know what rules work best on North American highways , your not alone. Some traffic law enforcement , and traffic engineers have trouble with the big picture as well.

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  19. This will change nothing 80% of people drive in excess of 20kms an hour over the speed limit anyway, what needs to be done is increase the fines phenomenally from the existing $170 area to fines of $500+ for being 12 kms over $1000 for 13-20 over and $1500+ for 21-30 over cause people just don’t care.

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  20. The sign with the green and black car is confusing. It shows the black car changing lanes behind the green car. I know the law but if you didn’t someone might think it’s telling you pass on the right.

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    • Thanks for your feedback regarding the Keep Right, Let Others Pass graphic. While we have heard this interpretation of the graphic, many people interpret the sign as intended. We have included the key legislative language below the graphic (Keep Right, Let Others Pass) to support this idea. Hope that this helps.

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  21. What of the situation when there is so much traffic that both lanes are plugged (for example, both lanes of Highway 1 can be full from Chilliwack to West Vancouver) and if you pull out to pass, you cannot get back in?

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  22. I don’t travel to BC often, but I do wish to clarify this for the next time I visit. The article says, “Who does it affect? The law applies to all motorists travelling on BC highways with two or more lanes of traffic travelling in the same direction and a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater.” Does this mean that if there are 3 lanes of traffic the left and centre lanes should be left clear for passing, or will regular traffic be in the centre and right lanes and the far left lane be available for passing? Thanks.

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  23. So when they do finally move over in a passing lane most drivers speed up making it very difficult to pass them, within the posted speed so to get by the big guys you have to speed. I usually see them go as fast as they are able to forcing you to do a excessive speed to get past. There should be a law that says not to speed up even though the new signs say let others pass.

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  24. Unfortunately, there is another side to this. It has made many drivers even more aggressive. It is like you’ve given them permission to drive as fast as they want in the left lane. I wouldn’t have a problem with this law if there were no left turn exits off our highways. Now in order to get into the left lane to make that exit you risk the wrath and I mean rageful driving of those who feel they have a right to speed in the left lane at all times. Vancouver Island is full of left hand exits off the highway, and I know many good drivers who now feel intimidated by the type of driving we are seeing. We need more speed traps and enforcement of legal speed limits to keep everyone safe.

    All we have done so far without the enforcement of legal speed limits is encourage the bad drivers to be more aggressive!

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    • While we (the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are responsible for enacting the legislation in effect on BC Highways, we are not responsible for enforcing it. That responsibility falls to the BC RCMP. This law is not new, but has been recently updated, to allow enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points. Neither we, nor the BC RCMP, place a higher priority on one law over another on BC Highways – the safety of the travelling public is always our number one goal. We hope this helps to clarify and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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  25. What can be done about the copious amounts of poor drivers who cannot maintain the speed limit but miraculously able to jump to 30km over the limit once the hit a passing lane and don’t allow anyone to pass then instantly slam on the brakes and resume the 5-10 in under limit at the end of the passing, aka “passing lane 500”

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    • Thanks for your comments. In addition to this legislation being enforceable by law, we are also working with ICBC to update their Drive Smart manual to train new drivers around this legislation. It is our hope that, over time, drivers will witness other drivers keeping right and letting others pass and follow suit. Hope that this helps.

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  26. The other day I was travelling in the right lane on Hwy 97 between Lake Country and Kelowna Airport … guess what, there was traffic backed up at least 1 mile all travelling in the left lane, I was doing the legal speed limit, they were going much faster, everyone is still breaking the law. There is no need to be in the left lane except to pass. Why a mile long … because people think they own the road, and can speed past everyone in the right lane. It is a herd mentality out there. You have to start fining people for this. Distracted driving and speeding are the two top reasons for accidents, so you should be focusing on those, then the abusers of right lane hogging. Fines need to be minimum of $1,000. for any speeding offence and distracted driving and right lane hogging, yeah if you can find a police vehicle as well don’t seem to many of them around, when all this is going on.

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    • Hi PO’d,

      Thanks for your comments. While we (the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are responsible for enacting the legislation in effect on BC Highways, we are not responsible for enforcing it. That responsibility falls to the BC RCMP. This law is not new, but has been recently updated, to allow enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points. Neither we, nor the BC RCMP, place a higher priority on one law over another on BC Highways – the safety of the travelling public is always our number one goal. We hope this helps to clarify and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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    • Law inforcement in my view is much to aggressive. We should just be teaching what works best not having one driver forcing his punishment on another driver. Some drivers have known these rules and have been obeying them for millions of miles , but they can still get very unjust citations from over aggressive inexperienced traffic law enforcement officers. I think your showing your lack of experience in driving.

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  27. So now when you have a two lane hwy. Is it now really only one lane? What about rush hour? Does everybody by law have to merge into the right hand lane? What if I’m doing 10 over the speed limit and a maniac wants to pass me? Do I fly over to the side of the road so he can keep doing 30 over the speed limit? Are their acceptions allowing people to drive 30 over the limit?

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    • If you are travelling in the left (or passing lane) and someone approaches you from behind travelling at a higher rate of speed, you are required to move into the right (travelling lane) to allow them to pass. While we (the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are responsible for enacting the legislation in effect on BC Highways, we are not responsible for enforcing it. That responsibility falls to the BC RCMP. This law is not new, but has been recently updated, to allow enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points. Neither we, nor the BC RCMP, place a higher priority on one law over another on BC Highways – the safety of the travelling public is always our number one goal. On a three lane roadway (where the third lane is not an HOV lane) the keep right legislation applies to the leftmost non-designated lane. Therefore the centre lane and right lane are regular travel lanes. Keeping to the right most lane is still best practice if you are travelling slower than other traffic. Hope that this helps. Here is a link to other FAQ about this legislation:http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/road-safety-rules-and-consequences/keep-right/keep-right-faqs

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  28. How does it affect the HOV lane then? If you have two people in the vehicle with you and you are in HOV, doing the speed limit I might add; however the asshole behind is annoyed that you are going the speed because he’d prefer to do 120kph opposed to 90. So he decides to drive erratically, pass you on the right, cut you off, and drive 20kph in front of you to show how he feels about you driving the speed limit. It’s happened to me. There are many belligerent people out there who are just going to use this opportunity for the fast lane to be FAST. Permitting weaving in and out of traffic. I think opening more chances of accidents. The idea is there, but the cons outweigh the pros.

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    • Hello,

      Thanks for sharing your concerns with us here. One of the main goals of the keep right, let other pass legislation is to prevent drivers from becoming frustrated by slower moving vehicles in the left lane and acting in a dangerous manner on our highways. Even if you are travelling at the posted speed limit in the left lane, if a vehicle approaches you from behind – you must move over into the right lane and let them pass. Fear not, there are laws in place for speeders in BC and someone travelling at excessive speed is still subject to enforcement by the RCMP under those laws. Hope that this helps.

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      • And again the question was how does it affect the HOV lane which is on the left usually but is not the “left” lane so to speak. Lots of single passenger drivers use it to pass the slow traffic using the left lane but that is not the purpose of the HOV lane as I understand it.

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        • We asked our traffic engineers about this and they confirmed that the HOV lane is not governed by the Keep Right legislation and there is no obligation for HOV lane drivers to move out of their lane to allow trailing drivers to pass. When a highway has a left HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane, the left-most lane (for the purposes of the Keep Right, Let Others Pass law) does not include bus lanes or HOV lanes. If a highway has an HOV travel lane, the left-most lane is the one next to the HOV lane. Hope that this helps.

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      • I think you missed the point. HOV is left lane and has restricted access/egress points. A faster driver may catch me butI may not be allowed to move over.

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      • Are we to interpret this to mean that the keep-right laws will now supercede posted traffic speed laws?
        That’s certainly how it sounds.

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        • Hi Anonymous,

          While we (the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are responsible for enacting the legislation in effect on BC Highways, we are not responsible for enforcing it. That responsibility falls to the BC RCMP. This law is not new, but has been recently updated, to allow enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points. Neither we, nor the BC RCMP, place a higher priority on one law over another on BC Highways – the safety of the travelling public is always our number one goal. We hope this helps to clarify and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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      • Your reply does not really answer the question.

        If someone is in the HOV lane, and someone comes up behind them, are they required to change lanes (to the high speed lane)?

        This is an issue I see all the time.

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        • Sorry for the confusion. When a highway has a left HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane, the left-most lane (for the purposes of the Keep Right, Let Others Pass law) does not include bus lanes or HOV lanes. If a highway has an HOV travel lane, the left-most lane is the one next to the HOV lane.

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        • Hi there,

          Sorry for the confusion. In regards to the Keep Right, Let Others Pass law, the left-most lane does not include bus lanes or HOV lanes. If a highway has an HOV travel lane, the left-most lane is the one next to the HOV lane. Hope that this helps!

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    • There are always people in the HOV lane that’s going at speed limit or 5km under speed limit thinks that they are doing everyone a favor by blocking everyone behind them. If there are people behind the right thing to do would be to move over and not fraustate the driver behind and end up in an accident when they want to pass aggressively. I feel like

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      • We asked our traffic engineers about this and they confirmed that the HOV lane is not governed by the Keep Right legislation and there is no obligation for HOV lane drivers to move out of their lane to allow trailing drivers to pass. When a highway has a left HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane, the left-most lane (for the purposes of the Keep Right, Let Others Pass law) does not include bus lanes or HOV lanes. If a highway has an HOV travel lane, the left-most lane is the one next to the HOV lane. Hope that this helps.

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    • What is the point of being in the HOV lane if you are going the same speed as everyone else? Just move over and let those that want to go faster, go faster.

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      • Hi there,

        We asked our traffic engineers about this and they confirmed that the HOV lane is not governed by the Keep Right legislation and there is no obligation for HOV lane drivers to move out of their lane to allow trailing drivers to pass.

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    • If you are in the hov lane and NOT keeping up to traffic and/or causing traffic to build up behind you, move over into the far right lane and stay out of the way. It has been statistically proven that slower vehicles staying in the right lane cause less accidents. It’s a law in many states and countries, I’m pretty sure they’ve proven this concept works many times over.

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      • Hi there,

        We asked our traffic engineers about this and they confirmed that the HOV lane is not governed by the Keep Right legislation and there is no obligation for HOV lane drivers to move out of their lane to allow trailing drivers to pass.

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    • Hi there, further to our last comment,

      We asked our traffic engineers about this and they confirmed that the HOV lane is not governed by the Keep Right legislation and there is no obligation for HOV lane drivers to move out of their lane to allow trailing drivers to pass. Hope that this helps.

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  29. While this law is much needed, without enforcement it is useless. As an avid motorcyclist who spends a lot of time on our roads and highways, I have seen absolutely no improvement in regards to the problem of left lane hoggers.

    People either have not been educated or are simply Ignoring this law. It’s time for our highway patrol to come down harder on these people who are causing traffic delays, congestion, and accidents. Left lane hoggers create a dangerous situation for me as a motorcycle rider. Other drivers become less predictable in their actions, have far more road rage and increase my chances of becoming involved in a serious accident.

    When I have to pass in both the left and right lanes, the probability of my having a fatal accident increases dramatically. I want to get home to my family in one piece. Please help me do so by increasing the frequency of fines for those misusing our left lanes.

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    • Hello,

      Thanks for your comments. In addition to this legislation being enforceable by law, we are also working with ICBC to update their Drive Smart manual to train new drivers around this legislation. It is our hope that, over time, drivers will witness other drivers keeping right and letting others pass and follow suit. Hope that this helps.

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      • So what is the appropriate speed I should be traveling at in the right or left lane? If I am traveling at posted speed while passing in the left lane
        And someone who is excessive in speed what should a person do? What about 3 lane roads ? Where should traffic that is doing the posted speed travel.
        What about in the city with 2 lanes in each direction?

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        • Hi Greg,

          If you are travelling in the left (or passing lane) and someone approaches you from behind travelling at a higher rate of speed, you are required to move into the right (travelling lane) to allow them to pass. While we (the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are responsible for enacting the legislation in effect on BC Highways, we are not responsible for enforcing it. That responsibility falls to the BC RCMP. This law is not new, but has been recently updated, to allow enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points. Neither we, nor the BC RCMP, place a higher priority on one law over another on BC Highways – the safety of the travelling public is always our number one goal. On a three lane roadway (where the third lane is not an HOV lane) the keep right legislation applies to the leftmost non-designated lane. Therefore the centre lane and right lane are regular travel lanes. Keeping to the right most lane is still best practice if you are travelling slower than other traffic. Hope that this helps. Here is a link to other FAQ about this legislation:http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/road-safety-rules-and-consequences/keep-right/keep-right-faqs

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          • Many times it takes a long time to pass another vehicle, cause many of us are driving from two miles under , to 5 miles or klicks over. My main driving priority is to defend myself from unjust traffic officers which each dept. has a few. I’ve always drove right and passed left . I don’t hold up others or force them to pass me on the right. I need to check before I move out to pass someone to make sure I’m not holding someone up who’s going faster. Since I’m only going 3 klicks over the speed limit since this is the max over the limit I’ve chosen to defend myself from law enforcement . It can take a while to pass. At this point it’s not me who is hold traffic up , but the lawmakers ,and law enforcement persons who are holding up traffic. Enforcement most be the last resort, after education and modeling by law enforcement , Monkey see monkey do.

    • Does tickets for speeding cars solved the problem?catching left lane slow riders is very hard to enforce and majority of motorcycle riders have no respect to speed limits and other rules

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  30. BC has a sign every 3km telling slow traffic to keep on the right lane. Everyone ignored them. Campbell came up with a big campaign and bigger signs, telling drivers to keep on the right lane. Promising it to be enforced. And nothing happened. Till the police enforce this law. Nothing will happen. The drivers have this, I own the road attitude, and till their wallets start hurting. Nothing will happen.

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    • Hi D dog,

      Thanks for your comments. In addition to this legislation being enforceable by law, we are also working with ICBC to update their Drive Smart manual to train new drivers around this legislation. It is our hope that, over time, drivers will witness other drivers keeping right and letting others pass and follow suit. Hope that this helps.

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  31. We need to pass the law to keep trucks over three tons or more to have to stay in the right lane at all times and if caught out of that lane you get a $400 fine

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    • Hi there,

      Thanks for your feedback. We agree that keeping in the right lane is generally the best practice however, heavy trucks sometimes need to use the left lane to exit or overtake other, even slower moving vehicles.

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      • now if you have one semi driver in the slow lane going 100km/h and you have another in the passing lane going 101km/hr and it takes him over 10km to pass the truck. How is that fair to the rest of the drivers that get stuck behind him? If a semi driver can’t pass in a quick and efficient manner then they should not be allowed in the passing lane ever!

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    • Making trucks over three tons stay in the right lane only seems to work very well in the States. It seems the truck that pulls out to pass the slower one in front seems to always take at least a couple of Kms. on a hill if not longer and that seems where it usually happens.

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      • It shouldn’t be allowed for semi trucks to drive faster than 80Km/h, like it is in Europe.
        Would be much safer for everybody. The stopping distance for the semi trucks would be much shorter.

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    • Why . Trucks without trailers, empty trucks and trucks with lite loads and lots of power can keep up with the average speed of traffic. On snow covered roads many times they have better traction than the average car. Restricting trucks from the left lane keeps trucks from passing slower traffic and is beneficial to all of us. Sure there are some drivers who don’t understand the rules that work best for us all. Why punish us all for the acts of a few? You wouldnt .say all cars excluded from the left and middle lanes cause there’s a lot that are needlessly holding us up. Many places have lane restrictions for trucks , but most drivers know that some education is all that’s needed.

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  32. So, I wish a little clarification here. I sometimes exceed the speed limit. If I am exceeding the speed limit, and in the left lane but gradually overtaking vehicles in the right lane, am I in the wrong to stay in the left lane because there are those that wish to greatly exceed the speed limit?

    I sometimes drive a heavy RV setup with a fifth wheel behind a capable truck. I might come up behind a slow moving vehicle, and pull out to pass, but I can’t do it in a flash like road racers. If I pass one, and there is another in front of it, do I need to pull to the right between them when I am already exceeding the speed limit?

    I understand the need to take left lane hogs off the road, but other than reports from other motorists, or from ghost cars on the road as always.. I love you guys because I do not break rules by too much…. how can you catch and fine those criminals?

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    • Why no …. You stay in your rocker and sleep… In parts of the world it’s illegal to cause traffic backup… As you are doing by just puttering along… But hey thanks for making a 20 cartraffic jam on the highways

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      • Mike Dodds,

        If you’re in the left lane and there’s no one ahead of you (in the left lane) and there IS someone behind you (in the left lane), get back into the right lane.

        If someone is beside you in the right lane, (meaning you can’t move into the right lane), speed up to match the speed of the vehicle in the left lane behind you (as best as you are able) and then get into the right lane once you’ve overtaken the vehicle that was beside you.

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    • Your heavy RV should ALWAYS be in the right lane of travel unless you are passing another vehicle in the right lane. It’s not your job or place to try to police the highway. In fact, you make the situation even worse because that other vehicle, travelling faster than you, will now have to switch lanes in the right lane, potentially creating an accident. Those signs (which wouldn’t even need to be put up if everyone used common sense) are being put up because of you.

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