Who Has Right of Way?

Going to the Kootenays there are a number of passing lanes going up the long hills. Question:

Who has the right of way when it comes to the end, the right lane whose lane is merging with the left lane or the left lane that will continue. In the summer there is often a bottle neck at the end and people seem unsure. My own thoughts are that the left lane has right of way as the right lane is ending and will merge with the left. What is correct?
Thanks Eric

Answer From Dear Cop:

If one lane is ending as explained in this situation, vehicles in the lane that is ending must make a safe proper lane change in such a way as not to cause a hazard. In most cases the through lane is the continuation of the passing lane. Vehicles in the passing lane have the right of way.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment
E-Mail: Rick Askelton

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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

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