National Grid Driver in Bolsover: Careless Driving

This is a careless driver in a National Grid Van pulling out onto Langwith Road in Bolsover without noticing two cyclists with Right of Way in primary position only a few metres away. The video has slightly fruity, but entirely appropriate, language.

Unfortunately I can’t date this incident, or identify the vehicle. It is a classic van / cyclist incident, where the careless driver does not suffer the consequences.

It deserves a charge of at least Careless Driving, though, defined as:

You are guilty of a careless driving offence if you drive a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place.

Driving without due care and attention means driving in a way that falls below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver, while driving without reasonable consideration for other persons requires those persons to be inconvenienced by your driving.

The cyclist is skilful in my view, apart from not looking over her shoulder to keep an eye on the traffic, for:

  1. Moving out into primary position to be seen, and to have more of a buffer space in case the driver is inattentive.
  2. Ceasing pedalling before the junction, so as to keep moving without losing momentum.
  3. Applying brakes in time.

You can see a Google Streetview of the junction here.

Note: Video reuploaded from here to Youtube, so it could be published for review. Permitted under copyright law.


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