Archives For Reckless driving

Fined £400 + £85 costs and 6 penalty points applied to their license. A good result for some pretty dangerous driving?

The fine is pretty substantial compared to some of the other cases I’ve seen about dangerous drivers bullying other road users. This fine was how ever for failing to nominate a driver.

The registered keeper of this vehicle was sent several letters by the Police and failed to respond to all of them. They were summoned to court for Failing to Nominate a driver and were fined £400 + £85 costs and given 6 penalty points.

It’s a shame the police couldn’t do more work to find out who the driver was a take them off our streets for good. But let’s be honest, this was probably a better results fine wise than if they were charged for dangerous driving. In fact they probably wouldn’t have been charged for dangerous driving, as the CPS pretty much always lowers the driving offence as a standard practise.

So whilst this is a good result, lets not get stray from the issue, the registered keeper may not be the driver in the video. The driver in the video may have gotten away free, we don’t know. The registered keeper could be trying to cover for a friend who may be banned, uninsured or be a wanted criminal, who knows.

You can watch footage of the incident below, the basics of it are as follows.
The driver came too close for comfort as we stopped at some traffic lights, I asked him if he could give me some more space.
The driver replied that it was OK because he hadn’t hit me.
As we set off there is a cement truck to my right and the driver gets closer and closer, my speed stays constant throughout and he edges towards me several times. When he is finally able to squeeze past (and leave me very little room) the driver then slams on his brakes trying to force me into the back of him. Luckily I’m more than aware of this stupid kind of move and I’m able to brake and swerve.

It has to be the worst incident I have had, the only one where I honestly thought I was going to get rammed of the road and potentially die. I feel that it’s a shame that the Police didn’t push more on this to find out who the driver was and get him removed from the streets!

I’ve spent a few weeks off the bike due to my injury so I spent some time looking back at what I had recorded and decided to make a video that highlights some of the worst drivers I have experience.

I’ve certainly had some interesting moments with drivers in London but lets not get disillusioned about this. This is only a small percentage of drivers, I must have thousands of interactions* with drivers each week. And I may only get 1 really bad driver and maybe a handful of ‘could have done better’, the rest are fine.

* By interaction I mean me passing a vehicle or a vehicle passing me

Yesterday it was announced that there is a plan to allow police to issue on the Fixed Penalty Fines (FPN) to road users who driver dangerously, carelessly and inconsiderately.

The fines will be issued for doing such things as tailgating, undertaking and cutting up other road users. They are certainly welcomed but will they have an effect on how people behave whilst surrounded by metal?

It seems that the fines are here to make the roads safer in the UK and to force drivers to act better on the roads. Another angle is that the fines will skip the process with the CPS, which means it’s relatively fast and the paperwork is minimal in comparison. This means it’s a pull you over, ticket you, on your way kind of job rather than lots of desk work filling out forms for all involved. Basically dealt in the same way as speeding tickets.

At present there are minimal amounts of police on the roads. As I’ve mentioned before the roads are essential un-policed and we are in this current situation because drivers are not being fined, cautioned or warned about what they are doing wrong and thus it becomes an everyday part of their driving.

As Roger Geffen, the CTC Campaigns and Policy Director said:

A careless driving fixed penalty notice is welcome, but should only be used where no injury has occurred and the driving is demonstrably careless, not dangerous. We have concerns that too often driving which is objectively dangerous is treated by police and prosecutors as merely ‘careless’.

He raises a good point that dangerous driving is often toned down. Is this just because we are used to it?
I often get comments on my videos that go something like this:

Close passes are a part of cycling, live with it

Just because it’s something we are currently ‘used’ to, doesn’t mean we should put up with it. Passing a cyclist too closely can be very dangerous and is something that is hardly ever addressed!

Unfortunately there are planned cuts in the police force, which is only going to mean even less police officers on the roads.  Looking at the laws relating to mobile phone use whilst in a vehicle which was introduced in 2003, the number of drivers which still talk away whilst driving is not getting any lower. Clearly the message is not getting through and the drivers know there is little chance they will be caught! Is this just going to go down the same road?

On a good note, a lot of clips of bad driving were shown today on the news. And as the list of cyclists that use cameras gets longer, so does the footage of bad and inconsiderate driving.

We need to continue to highlight the issues we are having on the road with dangerous and inconsiderate drivers. So far this year we have had large amounts of media coverage and things can only get bigger!

News containing videos from cyclists

Video Camera Cyclists

February 7, 2011 — 60 Comments

Cyclists all over the world are taking to using video cameras as they go about there rides. Be them mounted on their helmets or on the bicycle, the cameras prove to be invaluable as they show what life is like as a cyclist across the globe.
Below i’ve listed all the video camera cyclists that I know of and which country and region them are from if known, not all video camera cyclists upload to youtube, so this is only a list of known video camera cyclists who upload.
See video camera cyclists from Austraila, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, FinlandGermany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, KoreaJapan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, SwedenSwitzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America

Australia

  1. 2WheelsAndACamera
  2. 33iampaul
  3. Aushiker
  4. Boognoss
  5. chalinolobusmorio
  6. chungman212
  7. cyberwealth
  8. cycleAus
  9. eclessia
  10. evictorr – Melbourne
  11. georgeonhisbike
  12. HuggiesCycling
  13. Jorgy1967Tiger
  14. KonaCommuter
  15. myforwik
  16. nitramluap
  17. OxfordYT
  18. Peddler2565
  19. rigidmount – NSW
  20. roadmonitoroz
  21. tony888vo
  22. triplejay
  23. waynohh
  24. whisperingwheels

Canada

  1. adventuresincycling
  2. alexwarrior1
  3. buddybradley2007 – Vancouver
  4. CaptainPreferences
  5. extreme2themax
  6. grindupBaker
  7. NoGo90
  8. Rantwick
  9. RedRavick
  10. ryanz4
  11. torontocranks – Toronto

Czech Republic

  1. HaTom008
  2. LiamAnderson1
  3. squish225

Denmark

  1. xliijoe

Finland

  1. timoohz

Germany

  1. BerlinCyclist
  2. Cuberadler
  3. krobnitz
  4. RadfahrerBT – Bayreuth
  5. rhein228
  6. speedbiker14

Hungary

  1. atomboy83 – Szeged
  2. errorkahun
  3. sajatzsiron – Budapest

Ireland

  1. betamonu
  2. CycleDub – Dublin
  3. deadlyspotvideos
  4. dublincyclist – Dublin
  5. lanzecki

Italy

  1. electriccyclist
  2. marcotosinurse
  3. TheItalianCyclist

Korea

  1. Missha9

Japan

  1. alexWiiDS

Netherlands

  1. AmCamBike
  2. beekie1982
  3. DavidHembrow
  4. DerkvanL
  5. dsiepman2000
  6. harwig
  7. markenlei
  8. metro2002
  9. pjotr320
  10. Quemo304
  11. twilwel
  12. xlnetwork

New Zealand

  1. abmannz
  2. BondMeisterbond
  3. ginganz13
  4. TheVexatiousLitigant
  5. WellingtonBikeCam01

Norway

  1. DelVeien – Oslo

Poland

  1. 7Prozak7

Russia

  1. DarlokA256
  2. tmpttt1

Sweden

  1. KohlswaCNC

Switzerland

  1. systemexit

Thailand

  1. hipponokloo
  2. ziasong

Ukraine

  1. kievcyclist
  2. yurikslalom

United Kingdom

  1. 04smallmj – Essex
  2. 10936868
  3. 1970DGF
  4. 20cfog
  5. 24690553 – Birmingham
  6. 24leemo
  7. 2FlatErics
  8. 2rocship – Manchester
  9. 39stonecyclist
  10. 497103
  11. 4ChordsNoNet – Croydon, London
  12. ABikeCam
  13. acejase69
  14. adamjennison111
  15. adds21
  16. adysayswakeupffs
  17. agbell99 – London
  18. AldershotCyclist – Aldershot
  19. alexgreenbank
  20. alondoncyclist
  21. amc40
  22. amorfuss – Doncaster
  23. AnalogueAndy – Bath
  24. andi0kam – London
  25. andrewfowler1000
  26. Andrewrobinhood
  27. andyb0000
  28. andyjprice777
  29. Andy Lehrer
  30. AndyTrav1 – London
  31. Angelfishsolo
  32. antlaff69
  33. apreater – London
  34. arallsopp – London
  35. AsusP8Z68V – Norwich
  36. atacama82
  37. Athomack
  38. atthesummitMTBskills
  39. AyrshireBacn
  40. b0ngmanuk
  41. bada55ba55
  42. BadSwindoomRoadUsers – Swindon
  43. baggyattheknees
  44. baldyteacher
  45. BARNTRIKEMAN
  46. bazk666
  47. bbborp – London
  48. benlovejoy
  49. benwhiteuk – Portsmouth
  50. betterbybikeonline
  51. bigblokeonabike
  52. bigbluemeanie
  53. bigguychappers – York
  54. bigsharnm – York
  55. BoardsDarkglasses
  56. BoringVideosInk
  57. BoroGrecian
  58. Bristolcyclista – Bristol
  59. BristolTraffic – Bristol
  60. brothersoulshine
  61. BrownhillsBob
  62. cabdav
  63. CaineAdam
  64. Camsplint
  65. cantankeroussquonk
  66. CapitalMover – London
  67. carsruleok – London
  68. centralnights
  69. ChrisCLondon
  70. citycycling
  71. cjashwell – London
  72. cognitivedissident
  73. commuterCallum
  74. CommutingWithCamera
  75. CountryOfTheBlind – London
  76. cr3ated
  77. crazy580
  78. CrispyCatCam – London
  79. cristapper84 – London
  80. Cunobelin
  81. cyclea2b
  82. CycleGaz – London
  83. cycletank
  84. cycleman8000
  85. cyclinginlondon – London
  86. CyclingPOVCommuter
  87. cyclinginstructor – London
  88. cyclingmarcuu – York
  89. CyclingMikey – London
  90. cyclingpast – London
  91. CyclingWarrior
  92. CyclistDan
  93. CycloWaz
  94. cycopathifist
  95. d4rthpaul – Bristol
  96. DamoDoublemint – London
  97. Dangerousedinburgh – Edinburgh
  98. daniellepalmer
  99. dannyc73
  100. darreljameswhittle – Manchester
  101. dcurzon1973 – London
  102. DeathonWheels1969 – London
  103. definitelynotkwacker
  104. dexradio – Kent
  105. dezbez747 – London
  106. distoredmotion
  107. dominicgkerr – Taunton / Oxford
  108. downfader2
  109. Downwardi
  110. drsquirrel0
  111. DrumsBikesBrains
  112. drysuitdiver
  113. Dukinfieldcyclist
  114. EasySlowRider
  115. eddbike
  116. edinbiker – Edinburgh, Scotland
  117. edinburghcitycycler – Edinburgh, Scotland
  118. EdinburghFixed – Edinburgh, Scotland
  119. EMDcam
  120. eml1909
  121. EP88S
  122. EthelF
  123. Ewan Login
  124. EWSnotDBS – York
  125. exmouthroady – Exmouth
  126. fakestrat
  127. fat2oy
  128. fardsmobile
  129. femtojt
  130. fenegroni
  131. fightbaddriving
  132. finbat
  133. finlab
  134. FixieFarquhar
  135. Fizzerdrix – London
  136. fossyant – Manchester
  137. fotoih
  138. FreewheelingUK
  139. freeyourinnertube
  140. Fuzz944
  141. gadgetmind – Leeds
  142. gaj104 – London
  143. galaxytourer1
  144. genesis6891
  145. GeoffR1970
  146. germanicdogman – Liverpool
  147. giveamanabike
  148. givecyclistsroom
  149. GlasgowCycle – Glasgow
  150. gratedcarrot
  151. gregkiley
  152. GreyhairScout
  153. growingvegetable – Leeds
  154. H3r3D4nny
  155. HaloJUK – London
  156. halverde
  157. hawickrfc
  158. helmetcamroadtrip – Norwich
  159. HLaB75
  160. HorshamCyclist
  161. howiespencer
  162. hydrachem – Sheffield
  163. IAMABULLET1 – London
  164. ian154 – London
  165. idontpayroadtax
  166. IggyHT81S
  167. ilscozzese
  168. ismailzd
  169. iuckcan – London
  170. j03tr33
  171. JameyCam – London
  172. JannieJumbo – Aberdeen
  173. jason40kim
  174. JezBike
  175. jibberish666 – London
  176. jthefishy
  177. jobysp
  178. JoeSoap76 – Glasgow
  179. jonah15 – London
  180. jonnygeez – London
  181. jonredhornet
  182. jonskids
  183. jssjmsvckry – London
  184. Julanikart
  185. julietmikealpha
  186. kalika101
  187. KarlOnSea
  188. Karmacycle1
  189. kiblams
  190. kie7077
  191. knoxieman
  192. kmcyc – London
  193. Kurako76 – London
  194. laplage73
  195. LatinFlava1976
  196. LeatonNick
  197. leedsbikecam1
  198. leedscyclist – Leeds
  199. leew21
  200. leighhunt
  201. LidCamMan
  202. lincstolondon – London
  203. LJ LJ – London
  204. loncycling – London
  205. londonepicurean
  206. Londonneur – London
  207. louear
  208. Lukeybloo
  209. m1mbz
  210. mad guitarist
  211. MadMarie2005 – London
  212. magnatom – Glasgow, Scotland
  213. maidstoneonbike
  214. mailpauljonescouk – Cambridge
  215. manchestercyclist – Manchester
  216. mancroady – Manchester
  217. mapryan
  218. markster2010 – London
  219. martint235 – London
  220. matthames
  221. matthew6476
  222. MaximumCube – Bristol
  223. mbails87 – West Midlands
  224. md451
  225. MegaStuke
  226. MelloVELO
  227. mercyclist
  228. mgbracken
  229. MiddleAgeCyclist
  230. miguelnicolau84
  231. miles210595
  232. MikeyCycling
  233. mixymadman
  234. mjbeaker – Birmingham
  235. mmace – Leeds
  236. mmmmmrob
  237. monkeysnutscom
  238. moth757
  239. MrAnalogue1
  240. MrCasualCyclist
  241. mrcellophane99
  242. MrCyclesafe
  243. MrGrumpycyclist
  244. MrOrigamist – London
  245. MrPipCam
  246. MrTMaccabee
  247. MrTrickdem – London
  248. MTBE37
  249. mycommute
  250. mycommutetowork
  251. mycycleclips – London
  252. n325aej
  253. nebikene
  254. Nimtar100
  255. northyorksbaddrivers – York
  256. NottinghamCyclist – Nottingham
  257. notwhatucallanatural
  258. ontheroaduk2008
  259. OptimisticBiker – London
  260. panticle
  261. paulopadopa
  262. paulworthington53 – Liverpool
  263. PedalBikerUK – Alnwick
  264. PedalPowerPanther
  265. peggy2791
  266. PemboCycling
  267. PeowPeowPeowLasers
  268. peteaud1
  269. PeterCyclesTheWorld – Lancaster
  270. petertbbrett
  271. peterthewomble
  272. PilotInCommand100
  273. pminopoli
  274. PoliceMadAd – Derby
  275. pompeycommuter – Portsmouth
  276. PompeyCycle
  277. poonode
  278. Prestwickuk
  279. prj45
  280. Pufftmw
  281. purpleduck375
  282. RadWagon1 – Cambridge
  283. RaidersCanucks
  284. redradiatorable
  285. redvee2002 – Bristol
  286. ReinhardvonHolst
  287. RhodeLong
  288. rhysjw1000
  289. rml380za – London
  290. roadieeeee
  291. robertjamesfrost
  292. robojimpip – Glasgow
  293. rogerhotuk – London
  294. rogerzilla
  295. ron611087 – London
  296. rosscbrowncycles – Scotland
  297. roverthehill
  298. rugfoot – London
  299. pcandyhk
  300. progcovers
  301. qnut007
  302. ruskythegreat
  303. s0m3bl0k3
  304. sallysaile
  305. SamNG41
  306. san0designs
  307. SbCyclist1
  308. schneil
  309. ScottishCyclist
  310. sekretsource
  311. sh4rkybloke – Manchester
  312. SheffieldCyclist – Sheffield
  313. SheffieldTiger – Sheffield
  314. SkrzypczykBass – London
  315. smegheaddan – London
  316. SMIDSYagain
  317. smsm1986
  318. Sniggerme
  319. SonOfTheWind
  320. soolrider
  321. southlondoncycling34 – London
  322. Speshboy
  323. sponge342001
  324. sqrooloose
  325. StabiliserVideos – London
  326. starinthesky1
  327. steveloughranuk
  328. Steve Perkins – London
  329. sunburnspain
  330. SuperstompElite – London
  331. sw19cam – London
  332. swldxer
  333. taypet21 – Bristol
  334. TCTC68
  335. TesterAnimal1
  336. TheAddictfreak
  337. TheBikingExperience
  338. TheBrettstar1976
  339. TheCWNT – Isle of Man
  340. TheCyclingEngineer
  341. TheEvangeist
  342. thefireuk
  343. TheLabRatt
  344. TheLondonCommuter – London
  345. TheMaka456
  346. thepoetcyclist – Northern Ireland
  347. TheRaven20111
  348. TheSadcyclist
  349. TheSeLager – London
  350. TheScoobybike – Glasgow
  351. TheScottishJon – Cambridge
  352. TheTRides
  353. thnurg
  354. thomase1
  355. timbaggs7 – Nottingham
  356. TiNuts – London
  357. tjdrico
  358. tom999uk – London
  359. tombikess
  360. Tr4veller
  361. Tradescant58
  362. trignflo
  363. trumpettom001
  364. Tuneaftertune
  365. twohat
  366. UKMarx
  367. UnclePhilP
  368. urbanmanc1 – Manchester
  369. vaxbuster
  370. Velocioman
  371. VeryMadMart – Stoke on Trent
  372. Vikeonabike
  373. vincealot
  374. vousden
  375. weekssj
  376. westaft
  377. westcountrytim
  378. wheelygd
  379. WheelyGoodFun
  380. whitebait01 – London
  381. WokingTrafficSafety – Woking
  382. Wonkynees
  383. Woodee
  384. xdr5xdrf
  385. yangtse55
  386. YjvK8PX7er
  387. YorkshirePedelec
  388. zenfarion
  389. ZiggyRob
  390. dustandpebbles

United States of America

  1. 1nterceptor
  2. animation508
  3. AviationMetalSmith – Long Island, New York
  4. badzil
  5. BigSharnm
  6. bike42363
  7. Bikesafer – Milwaukee
  8. bikeologist
  9. blackbirdxxxxx
  10. bmwutonium
  11. bodybait
  12. Brendan61
  13. brunogfmtube
  14. busog97641
  15. calvinymob
  16. carrigan88
  17. cambridgecyclist
  18. cbscott19
  19. chad2go
  20. ChainReactionBicycle
  21. chavezcycling
  22. computergeek3192
  23. CranksOnCam
  24. crazytraffic99
  25. criteriumcoaching
  26. cyclecitation – New York
  27. Cycledizzle
  28. cyclingfun2
  29. cyclingintraffic – Boston
  30. CyclingJDK
  31. CyclistLorax
  32. CycleMan2200 – Ohio
  33. DanWuh – Los Angeles
  34. degnaw
  35. degnawBikeCam
  36. destro727 – Boston
  37. dou40006
  38. eoinocarroll – Boston
  39. Evan Wilder
  40. fake123
  41. fearlab
  42. freddotu
  43. frederickchim – Boston
  44. frizzleyfrozzle – NYC
  45. fuxujam
  46. ItParadyske
  47. jsallen1946 – Massachuetts
  48. Lucas Brunelle (website)
  49. lucaseq77
  50. luvmastertx
  51. magww
  52. Mcleod1370
  53. NaptownRoadkill
  54. ositoking
  55. papitooz
  56. pgallas
  57. seattlebikeblog – Seattle
  58. socomcorky
  59. Superhandydave
  60. sweixel
  61. swray2112
  62. themayocycle – Chicago
  63. theroosterblocker
  64. UrbanCyclist100
  65. USCyclist2000
  66. weshigh
  67. willie92708
  68. xchopp
Last updated: 20.06.12
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