So after my commute home on Wednesday I decided to look up the rules on filtering, as I genuinely had no idea, and I might have had to do a little to get through the horrible traffic on the A30. After a little Googling, I managed to find the following information:

You may not:

  • cross solid white lines except to pass an obstruction or to overtake a slow (10mph), horse, bicycle, local authority vehicle (with its amber beacon flashing)
  • overtake after passing a No Overtaking sign, until you reach the end of restriction sign
    No Overtaking

    No Overtaking sign

  • overtake the vehicle nearest a pedestrian crossing (most foot plod think you cannot overtake on a crossing inside the zigzags – this is what the Highway Code says – so it is probably safer to apply the broader rule)

However, you may overtake vehicles where there is a solid white line on your side of the road if you can pass the vehicle without crossing or straddling the white line with any part of your vehicle.

You may:

  • enter a hatched lane divide as long as it has dashed boundary lines and it is safe and necessary to do so
  • pass traffic on the left (ie undertake) queuing or slow moving traffic but you should not change lane in order to gain an advantage
  • pass traffic on the left if the vehicle is indicating to turn right
  • pass traffic on the left if you are turning left in a dedicated left turn lane
  • pass traffic on the left in a one way street

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Tristan Findley


Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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