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"Cheeky" van driver undertakes using bike lane + video link

That’s not what bike lanes are for! Undertaking can incur a £100 fine and three licence points

A van driver has been caught on dash cam using a bike lane to undertake in a desperate bid to move forward in a line of queuing traffic.

Dubbed “the cheekiest bit of driving I’ve ever seen” by dash cam driver Pete Escobar, who publishes bad driving on a YouTube account, the van driver's efforts nonetheless only managed to move the van one car forward in the queue of slow-moving vehicles.

The incident happened near Manchester United’s training grounds near Manchester on Thursday at 3.30pm, on the A6144 Carrington Lane at the junction with Isherwood Road.

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Escobar told the Manchester Evening News (which has the footage of the incident): “I thought he was turning left. I was a bit miffed when I thought he was using the cycle lane to turn left and then when he pulled in front of me I was even more miffed.

“He didn’t get that far though, I was behind him all of the way.”

The van driver is seen pulling into the cycle lane when it appears near a set of traffic lights. He then uses the cycle lane to pass Escobar on the inside, before pulling back in front of him at the traffic lights. 

Rule 268 of the Highway Code states drivers shouldn’t overtake on the left or move to a lane on the left to overtake, and drivers doing so can be issued with a £100 on the spot fixed penalty notice and have three points added to their licenses for careless driving. Rule 268 also states drivers should not weave in and out of lanes to overtake.

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antigee | 8 years ago
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the van driver probably had a detailed knowledge of the highway code and the mysteries of when is a cycle lane actually a cycle lane:

"Rule 140

Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOTdrive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation"

one problem with making non-mandatory lanes wide enough to allow motor bikes to overtake cyclists smiley

 

 

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brooksby | 8 years ago
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That’s not what bike lanes are for! Undertaking can incur a £100 fine and three licence points

Does that count if you are a large motorbike using a cycle lane to get to the front of the queue (and into the ASL) too? Enquiring minds want to know.

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wycombewheeler replied to brooksby | 8 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

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That’s not what bike lanes are for! Undertaking can incur a £100 fine and three licence points

Does that count if you are a large motorbike using a cycle lane to get to the front of the queue (and into the ASL) too? Enquiring minds want to know.

Is this another pop at e bikes?

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brooksby replied to wycombewheeler | 8 years ago
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wycombewheeler wrote:
brooksby wrote:

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That’s not what bike lanes are for! Undertaking can incur a £100 fine and three licence points

Does that count if you are a large motorbike using a cycle lane to get to the front of the queue (and into the ASL) too? Enquiring minds want to know.

Is this another pop at e bikes?

Erm, no, actually.

I was thinking about the fat bloke on a large motorcycle who went down a cycle lane in front of me, then out into the ASL at the end, and with whom I caught up before the lights changed.

(I think e-bikes are cheating, a bit, but they have their uses and are still more efficient than an internal combustion engine)

 

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