Drivers could risk £5,000 fine and penalty points when overtaking other cars

Drivers could be slapped with charges for not following clear rules on the road.

And those who overtake other vehicles could be charged with careless driving for not doing it safely.

Rule 165 of the Highway Code states road users must not overtake if they need to cross or straddle double white lines.

The lines indicate that a road is too dangerous to cross over into another lane to pass a vehicle so drivers should stay behind.

Even emergency services are unlikely to pass here and drivers should continue following the speed limit.

Also the Highway Code also says drivers must not overtake another vehicle if they've entered an area designed to divide traffic.

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Fines can be issued if road users attempt to pass a car which has stopped at a pedestrian crossing.

It also states drivers must not overtake if they would have to enter a lane for buses, trams or cycles during its hours of operation.

And if there's a "No Overtaking" sign drivers mustn't pass other vehicles here either.

Failing to follow these rules could result in hefty fines and penalty points too.

Drivers could receive a fixed penalty for careless driving which results in a £100 fine and three points.

Maximum fines are set at £5,000 while drivers could be issued between three and nine points with a temporary ban.

The UK law states drivers should "overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so".

For more information, motorists can access the Highway Code online by visiting the official website.

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