Highway Code update leads to driver being hit with 5 points for 'driving too close to cyclists'

Highway Code update leads to driver being hit with 5 points for 'driving too close to cyclists'
Police sheffield vid
Jamie  Micklethwaite

By Jamie Micklethwaite

Published: 25/04/2022

- 07:32

Updated: 25/04/2022

- 07:40

Sheffield Police tweeted about the incident, telling motorists 'let this be your warning'

A driver has been fined £417 and hit with five points on their licence after driving too close to a group of cyclists.

Footage released by Sheffield North West NPT shows a Peugeot passing a group of cyclists on a narrow road, with a parked car on the other side.

A Highway Code update made in January tells drivers to now “leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists at speeds of up to 30mph and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds.”

Previously, drivers were told just to give as much room as they would when overtaking a car.

The Peugeot ready to drive past the cyclists
The Peugeot ready to drive past the cyclists
Sheffield North West NPT

The force wrote: "The driver of this vehicle decided to pass a group of cyclists at excessive speed and far too closely.

"Fined £417 in total, licence endorsed with 5 points. If anyone thinks this is an acceptable manner of driving, let this be your warning.

"This happened before we accepted footage on the Nextbase portal.

"The Deepcar team and Walkley teams completed the court file, and have had some very complimentary comments from the victims.

Was this enough room?
Was this enough room?
Sheffield North West NPT

"The driver was also issued a S59 warning as soon as we were notified of the offence. If he is seen to drive in a careless and antisocial manner in the year since it was issued his vehicle will be seized.

"If he had simply driven to the conditions at a less dangerous speed and stayed on his own side of the road he wouldn’t have been prosecuted.

"If people do choose to endanger vulnerable road users by poor driving, they need to remember that any pedestrian, horse rider, cyclist or vehicle may be recording.

"We will be happy to make sure that there are consequences to endangering others."

Reaction to the incident, however, was in favour of the driver, with social media comments labelling the verdict as harsh.

The Alliance of British Drivers wrote: "If you aren't already convinced that the police are out to get you..."

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