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Fine and ban for Australian driver videoed hitting cyclist

Quick retribution for driver charged with failed to exercise "due care" ...

The driver who was caught on video tail-gating and then hitting a cyclist in Brisbane Australia last week was yesterday fined and disqualified.

The 25-year-old woman was driving through a junction on Klump Road, south of Brisbane, when she hit the 56-year-old male cyclist.

The incident was caught on video by driver Andrew Ison who provided the victim with a copy of the footage.

The driver was subsequently charged with driving without due care and fined $600 (about £330) and banned from driving for three months.

The rider was treated for minor injuries at Brisbane’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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