Video: Police in Liverpool pull over red light jumping delivery cyclists who had passed unmarked car

"We will prosecute all and any vehicles who contravene red lights without lawful excuse," say officers...

Police in Liverpool have posted footage to social media of two food delivery cyclists riding past an unmarked police car and through a red traffic light.

In each case, the cyclist – the first working for Uber Eats, the second in a Deliveroo uniform – was pulled over and spoken to by the officers from Merseyside Police’s Road Policing Unit.

Both videos were posted to Twitter on Sunday evening, with the first shot at the junction of Hanover Street and Duke Street, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The second video, captured by a camera in the same police car, was filmed a little later a short distance away.

In the first tweet, Merseyside Police’s Road Policing Unit said: “With unmarked vehicles we see people doing things they wouldn’t normally do when a marked police car is around. #reported and lucky he reacted to the lights and sirens and wasn’t hit by the oncoming car.”

The subsequent tweet read: “20 minutes later, same unmarked car, a few streets away and there’s another cyclist who can’t be bothered waiting at red light. Stopped & #reported. We will prosecute all and any vehicles who contravene red lights without lawful excuse #safetyfirst #noexcuse.”

A spokesperson for Deliveroo, which began operating in the city in 2015, told the Liverpool Echo: "Road safety is a priority for Deliveroo. It is a condition of our agreement with riders that they abide by the Highway Code and rules of the road.

"We have been in touch with police and will co-operate however we can.”

Meanwhile, an Uber Eats spokesman told the newspaper: “The safety of the couriers that use the app and the travelling public is a top priority for us.

"All Uber Eats couriers are required to obey UK road and traffic laws, and any reports of dangerous behaviour can result in a courier losing access to the Uber Eats app,” he added.

In November, we reported how a senior police officer in Leicester believed that the commission-based wages offfered  by companies such as Deliveroo were acting as an incentive for some of their delivery riders to break the law.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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