Footage of incident on A272 in April went viral after it was shared online

A van driver from Sussex who was filmed forcing a cyclist off the road in April will appear in court next week on a charge of dangerous driving.

Confirmation that the motorist had been summonsed to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 19 July was made this morning in a tweet by Sussex Police, in reply to a query from Twitter user and cyclist Chris Gerhard, who had asked how the case was progressing.

Footage of the incident went viral after it was posted online and was picked up by news outlets across the UK and beyond.

The driver's employment was terminated immediately once the managing director of the company the van belonged to had been able to review the footage.

It  took place on the A272 westbound on Sunday 30 April at Cowfold, West Sussex.

It also prompted BBC Radio Sussex to pose the question on Twitter - subsequently withdrawn following an outcry from users of the social network - as to whether the cyclist or van driver was to blame.

> Van driver filmed forcing cyclist off road; BBC Sussex asks "Who's to blame?"


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.