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Rider forced to swerve as driver exited junction where he says view blocked by floral display

A motorist has pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after a cyclist filmed the moment he had to take evasive action when the driver pulled out of a side street in Swansea into his path.

George Humphreys, aged 80 and from Brynhyfryd pleaded guilty to the offence at Swansea Magistrates' Court but said in mitigation that his view was obscured due to a floral display, reports the South Wales Evening Post, which has a video of the incident.

Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, told the court that the cyclist, who was unhurt after swerving to avoid the car, had made eye contact with Williams as he pulled out slowly from the junction, but the driver continued regardless.

The incident on St Teilo Street in Pontarddulais in April this year was filmed by a camera attached to the bike's handlebars, with the rider maintaining that Williams had shown "blatant disregard" for his safety.

Humphreys had told police when interviewed that a "large floral display" at the junction with Trinity Place had blocked his view but another motorist had flashed his headlights at him, which he took as a signal that it was safe to proceed.

Due to the brightness of the sun, which is low in the sky, it is difficult to ascertain that from the video.

Google Street View suggests that there were overgrown shrubs at that location in 2008, but they had been cut back by 2011. We have been unable to trace more recent images.

Entering a guilty plea by post, Humphreys offered his apologies to the cyclist.

He was fined £73 plus costs of £53 and a £20 victim surcharge, and his licence was endorsed with five penalty points.

One aspect of the case that many cyclists, particularly helmet or handlebar camera users, may find interesting is that a decision was taken to prosecute the motorist despite the fact there was no actual collision.

That's far from guaranteed in many cases in our experience, which may lead some to wonder if there is a kind of postcode lottery at work, depending on the approach taken by the police force and local prosecutors

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.