Renewed warning to drivers about no passing rule which could leave you with £1,000 fine

Drivers have received renewed warnings about the solid white line no passing rule.

The rule says no passing, not just no overtaking, when a motorist is next to a double white line when the nearest line is solid.

Rule 129 states means you must not cross or straddle the solid line unless you’re entering or leaving from a side road.

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You can also cross the line, so long as the road is clear, in order to pass a stationary vehicle or overtake a bicycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle but only if they are travelling at less than 10mph.

Trying to overtake something traveling faster than that would mean you would be breaking the law.

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The Highway Code states: “You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.”

Under section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, drivers could be punished with a £100 fine and 3 points on their license if caught failing to comply with traffic signs or markings.

If the violation ends up in court, the infraction could cost motorists up to £1000.

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