Stuck in the wrong lane

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Many suspect Labour of conducting a covert war against the motorist, but could their target actually be the humble caravan owner? If you're towing your mobile holiday home down the M5 this summer you will find yourself restricted to the slow lane for part of the journey. The Department of Transport is conducting this trial since it believes caravan owners are a menace. Apparently, they recklessly overtake. They selfishly block lanes. And when they're not going hell for leather, like Michael Schumacher around a Silverstone chicane, they're chugging along too slowly and creating terrible tailbacks.

Many suspect Labour of conducting a covert war against the motorist, but could their target actually be the humble caravan owner? If you're towing your mobile holiday home down the M5 this summer you will find yourself restricted to the slow lane for part of the journey. The Department of Transport is conducting this trial since it believes caravan owners are a menace. Apparently, they recklessly overtake. They selfishly block lanes. And when they're not going hell for leather, like Michael Schumacher around a Silverstone chicane, they're chugging along too slowly and creating terrible tailbacks.

There might be an element of truth in this, but we can't help wondering where all this new-fangled lane designation will end. John Prescott has introduced motorway bus lanes, and plans were announced last week for specialised car share lanes. And now the first caravan curb. It is all rather confusing. What would happen if your car was full but you happened to be towing a caravan? Or if you were driving a bus, but there were no passengers? Perhaps it would be simpler to stick to the A roads.

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