Good result for dangerous 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!

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Why are cyclists using video cameras?

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

FPN for Careless Driving

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!

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Video Camera Cyclists

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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, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, 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. KonaCommuter
  14. myforwik
  15. nitramluap
  16. OxfordYT
  17. Peddler2565
  18. rigidmount – NSW
  19. roadmonitoroz
  20. tony888vo
  21. triplejay
  22. waynohh
  23. whisperingwheels

Canada

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

Czech Republic

  1. LiamAnderson1
  2. 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. dublincyclist – Dublin

Italy

  1. electriccyclist
  2. marcotosinurse
  3. TheItalianCyclist

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

Switzerland

  1. systemexit

Thailand

  1. hipponokloo

Ukraine

  1. kievcyclist

United Kingdom

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

United States of America

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