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Driving School advises students they can close pass cyclists!

I was forced to have a chat with a van driver who had stopped to ask me why I wasn't riding in the door zone when passing parked cars the other day. I asked him to google what the highway code says about overtaking cyclists.

That got me thinking, what would you discover if you did that? The top hit (for me at least), is an outdated article on the RED driving school website. Which is mostly ok, but had this corker at the end...


Whilst you won’t get points on your licence for failing to pass a cyclist while observing a minimum distance, you may be served with points (or worse) for dangerous driving if you are found to be at fault for knocking a cyclist off their bike.

So there you have it, close pass cyclists with wild abandon and you'll be fine unless you knock them off (and it was your fault, and they can prove it). Sadly, this is the reality for most close passes (apart from the dangerous driving bit, nobody gets done for that), but it's a bit odd to see this advice being given on a driving school website!

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Latest Comments

  • Rendel Harris 2 sec ago

    That would be a bit more credible if they hadn't gone all out to try and get Cav the record last year, wouldn't it?

  • Mungecrundle 1 hour 30 min ago

    Professional advice is always your gold standard. A GP referal is a good place to start but accessing those services can be difficult given the...

  • Calc 2 hours 1 min ago

    Why the hole?  It's so you are forced to buy their special seatpost.

  • d_jp 5 hours 6 min ago

    'that was "grippy" / a "grippy" stage' 'i love echelons' ... Adam Blythe

  • Lemonyhills 5 hours 19 min ago

    These would be ideal for security in the garage, and out and about for our bikes lost two in the past.

  • Brauchsel 5 hours 21 min ago

    But if it doesn't look like a car's going to pull up, you find someone in the same-coloured top as you and make them give you their bike. 

  • dabba 5 hours 56 min ago

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    Re: Early morning raid on BV....

  • 11waterloo 6 hours 50 min ago

    Agreed on that, he was definitely part of my first week plans! Not to mention my French riders team - that is in tatters without Le Coq!