I don’t understand what got peopel all ired-up in that thread (a reaction Dio is happy to exploit by egging people on with increasingly silly statements), though I was considering suggesting some clarification of terminology.
“Overtake” - to move ahead of another car travelling in the same direction, while both vehicles are in legal lanes.
“Pass” - to move ahead of another car travveling in the same direction, by moving temporarily into a illegal (i.e. you would not normally drive there) lane. Typically, this involves moving to the left into the oncoming traffic lane if this can be done briefly, safely and legally. Less often, and typically specifically forbidden, is to move to the right into an illegal lane, i.e. the shoulder, to pass.
I figure overtaking is fair game at any time. If there are two lanes, and he’s in one and you’re in the other, overtake him to your heart’s content. If you want to pass, though, only go into the oncoming lane if you can do so safely and legally, and only go to the shoulder in an emergency (i.e. he’s slammed on his brakes and going to the shoulder is the only way to avoid hitting him).
I’ve passed on the right one time in my life, going to the shoulder to get around a guy who was moving under the limit on a single lane road. He honked at me. Fuck him, but I admit that despite my precautions, I shouldn’t really have done that.
I’ve overtaken on the right, i.e. moved to the center or right lane of a multilane road to get ahead of a slower vehicle in the left lane, more times than I can count. I fail to see why this should be a problem.