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Drivers in the dock: Prime-time ITV show to address cyclist safety tonight

Drivers In The Dock airs at 8pm tonight, repeated in early hours of Monday

A programme on ITV1 this evening called Drivers in the Dock poses the question: “On the UK's roads the car is king, but with thousands of collisions between cars and bicycles each year, is it time cyclists were better protected?”

In the show, which airs across all regions from 8pm-8.30pm, presenter Fiona Foster reports on proposals to increase cylists’ safety, including the call for a no-fault liability scheme to be implemented which we have previously reported on here at road.cc.

It might sound from the teaser that this show is going to take a more balanced approach from the usual us-versus-them them tabloid TV formula, which usually leans towards the motorists side. We certainly hope it is, but although we haven't seen the show we have some doubts.

For a start, as we reported last month, a film crew for the show was out on the streets of Cambridge recently when police were conducting a crackdown on anti-social cycling in the city, just days after an alleged bike rage incident there.

And we also know that an ITV researcher posted on the Autocar forum to try to get drivers to come forward and take part in the show. To be fair, once it turned out a few cyclists were following the thread, she asked for their views too. For the most part, our four-wheeled friends saw the invitation to participate as the set-up it was, and politely declined to participate.

Let's not pre-judge things though, the show also goes to the Netherlands to look at why the Dutch many to combine such a high proportion of journeys by bicycle with such a low casualty rate for cyclists and the CTC's Chris Peck talks to a panel of celebs about cycling. Oh, and they send Quentin Wilson out riding around London on a bike to see if it changes his opinion of cyclists… it's probably worth watching just for that. For full details check out the ITV website.

For those unable to catch the programme this evening, it will be repeated on Monday at 3.30am, although given the time, that might be one to record on the PVR , or VCR if you’re still using videotape.

We're checking whether it will also be available to watch on the catch-up service on the ITV.com website and will let you know once we hear from them.
 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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