Wednesday 15 April 2009 12.47pm
Having no lights, not indicating within traffic, and undertaking, are illegal. These basic principles apply to safe cycling!
I think you'll find that "undertaking", or passing another vehicle on the inside, is NOT illegal.
However, if an accident occurred while the manoeuvre was being effected the "undertaking" vehicle would probably be seen as the one at fault.
Personally I always drive in the left lane until I come up behind someone driving slower, I then glance in the mirror and if it is safe, indicate, overtake, then move back to the left lane.
On many occasions though, when driving on a three lane carriageway I will find that I am approaching someone driving in the centre lane at 40-45 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. stretch. To overtake this vehicle on the right would necessitate moving from the left to the centre, then to the offside lane, overtaking, then crossing back through the centre to the left lane.
Simpler to just, after careful consideration, stroke the gas and pass the lane hogger on the inside.
If you (not you personally, Colinio) do not wish to be undertaken, just drive in the left lane.