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 The top hit (for me at least), is an outdated article on the RED driving school website.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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