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Video: Fine for taxi driver who cut up cyclist then swung punch at him

Incident happened in Edinburgh last August

An Edinburgh taxi driver has reportedly been fined £360 plus costs and had his driving licence endorsed with nine penalty points following an incident last August in which he cut up a cyclist, then appeared to assault him.

Following the trial last week at which the driver is said to have pleaded guilty to careless driving, the cyclist posted footage of the incident  - in which strong language was exchanged - to YouTube under the user name Another Edinburgh Cyclist.

Riding along Princes Street in the centre of the Scottish capital at around 4pm on 28 August last year, the cyclist stopped at a red light, with two taxis positioned in the bike box.

After the lights changed, he continued cycling along the road and as the two lanes narrowed into one and he crossed the tram lines, one of the taxi drivers passed him closely, whereupon words were exchanged.

A few minutes later, as the cyclist rode down Regent Road, he encountered the taxi driver again, who was out of his cab and apparently waiting for him, swinging a punch.

The driver, who has not been named, was apparently also charged with assault in connection with the incident, although the Edinburgh Evening News does not report whether he was found guilty on that specific charge.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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