The Metropolitan Police Service is beta-testing a website that will enable cyclists and others to upload video footage of drivers breaking the law.
The website says:
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision, or think you might have witnessed an offence on the roads in London, report it here using our simple online tool. Just answer the quick questions below to make sure we give you the right advice and gather all the relevant details.
Uploading video evidence – which must cover a minimum of two minutes before and two minutes after the alleged incident – can be done following a process that police say will take 10 minutes to complete.
As well as the footage itself, other information required – provided it is available – includes:
The date and time of the incident
Details of the other person or people involved
The registration and make of their vehicle
Contact details of any witnesses to the incident
Footage or photos of the offence taking place.
News of the website was tweeted by Sergeant Andy Clarke of Camden police, who described it as “awesome.”
Which is a awesome
— Sgt Clarke (@MPSCamdenTnSgt) November 24, 2016
The officer has attracted a following from cyclists on Twitter after he decided to replicate West Midlands Police’s Close Pass initiative on his own beat.
Many London cyclists who do use helmet cameras have expressed frustration with the force when it has decided to take no action against motorists who have been caught on film breaking the law. Whether the new website signals a change in the police's approach remains to be seen.
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.