A van driver in Yorkshire is the first to be fined in court for middle lane hogging.

According to the Telegraph, the motorist was fined nearly £1000 and hit with five penalty points after refusing to move out of the middle lane of the M62 in Yorkshire.

Traffic police said six drivers had to brake and swerve to avoid the Citroen Berlingo driver. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that he had “numerous opportunities” to move into the inside lane but failed to do so.

The driver didn’t turn up to court and was fined £500 in his absence, and was ordered to pay £400 in costs with a £40 victim surcharge.

The Government introduced on the spot fines of £100 in 2013 in an effort to deter drivers from sitting in the middle lane when there is an opportunity to move across.

It is thought this is the first time a motorist has been convicted in court of a lane-hogging offence since the law was introduced.

“Lane hogging reduces the capacity of roads and motorways, and can lead to dangerous situations where other drivers tailgate the vehicle in front to try and get the lane hogger to move over,” said PC Nigel Fawcett-`Jones fro the Road Policing Unit of West Yorkshire. “Members of the public regularly tell the Road Policing Unit that lane hogging and tailgating are real problems on our roads and this conviction shows that the police and the courts understand the public’s concerns and take this offence seriously.”