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Drivers Urged to be More Aware of Cyclists

Posted in General News on Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Drivers are being warned that they could receive a fine of £100 and three penalty points on their driving licence if they stray into cycle boxes at junctions.  Cycle boxes, officially known as Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs), are designed to allow cyclists to move to the front of a queue of traffic making it safer for them to negotiate junctions. If the traffic lights change to red before a driver can stop prior to the first white line then they must stop before the second white line even if their car is covering the marked area.

The Transport Minister, Chris Grayling has also promised to review the Highway Code to try to improve the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought that the revised Highway Code will advise motorists to open car doors with the hand that is furthest away from the door to ensure that they look over their shoulder and check for oncoming pedestrians and cyclists before opening the door and getting out of the car. This news has come shortly after the Department for Transport (DfT) released its annual road casualty report showing that more than 100 cyclists died last year as a result of road traffic collisions.

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Brian Bremer

Friday, November, 2nd, 2018

Whilst agreeing that Drivers need to improve, cyclists on the ehole are riding roughshod through every single rule in the book, constantly. There is a near total disregard for the Highway Code, cyclists contribute nothing to the highways, never pay road Taxes and most importantly, never submit their equipment to an Annual MOT. So do I agree that the Law should tighten up, yes on the cycling fraternity. They are nothing but a scourge on the rods. Yet they expect the Motorist to always pay and pick up the pieces. The Government needs to pull its finger out on Cycling itself first, then address issues with motorists.