Driving quietly on the highway at 130km / h, you are brutally blocked by a truck that doubles at 90km / h ... annoying, is not it? But is it forbidden?
To my knowledge, these trucks can be sanctioned in two very special cases only ... the rest of overtaking are certainly embarrassing, but not prohibited.
Chapter 1. Paths of at least 3 ways
Section 1.1. The principle
If you are on a lane of at least three lanes (ie 2 × 3 lanes or more), there is a special rule regarding lane use by lorries.
In fact, for heavy vehicles over 3.5t or over 7m in length, they are forbidden to use other routes. than the two most right lanes (R412-25 of the Highway Code):
Where a road has three or more lanes, assigned to the same direction of traffic, it shall be prohibited for drivers of vehicles with a total permissible gross weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes or combinations of vehicles exceeding 7 meters in length. use routes other than the two lanes closest to the right-hand side of the roadway, except, with the least possible hindrance to the normal operation of the other vehicles, to prepare a change of direction.
To put it simply, heavy goods vehicles can use the routes indicated in this diagram:
Section 1.2. Punishment
Failure to comply with this rule may result in a fine
- 3rd category (R412-25 of the Highway Code, Second paragraph, 450 €, together R131-13 penal code) or
- 5th category (R412-25 of the Highway Code, Third paragraph, 1500 €, together R131-13 penal code) and a suspension of the license for 3 years, if the roadway is covered with snow or ice.
Chapter 2. The really heavy weights ...
Section 2.1. Principle
When overtaking, heavy vehicles must be careful not to slow down other vehicles too much (in reality, this is also true for all vehicles).
Thus, when a vehicle uses the left-most lane, it must not be below 80 km / h (R413-19 of the Highway Traffic Act).
As a reminder, there is no minimum speed on the motorway, but your speed should not, in any case, "interfere with the normal operation of other vehicles while driving for no good reason at an abnormally reduced speed” (R413-19 of the Highway Traffic Act).