A Leicestershire taxi driver who was on the wrong side of the road when he hit a cyclist in a hit and run crash then lied about what had happened has lost his licence to operate as a result of video evidence captured by the victim on his headcam.
The footage, released by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), shows the taxi driver turning into Gutteridge Street, Coalville just before 7.45am on the morning of Friday 11 January.
He crashed into cyclist Dylan May, causing him arm, shoulder and elbow injuries as well as damaging his bike, but the cab driver failed to stop at the scene.
The video footage enabled NWLDC licensing officers to identify both the vehicle and the driver, who said the collision was the fault of the cyclist, whom he falsely claimed had been riding in the middle of the road.
It was only when he was confronted with the video evidence that the taxi driver, who has not been named, admitted that he had caused the crash and failed to stop afterwards.
NWLDC said that due to the serious nature of the incident, the driver’s failure to stop and what it described as his “clear dishonesty about the crash after the event,” it had revoked his licence.
Councillor Alison Smith, NWLDC’s portfolio holder for community services, said: “This was an appalling incident.
“The quality of the driving which led to the collision was poor but the reaction of driving away and then lying about the incident afterwards was particularly unacceptable.
“Taxi driving is a profession and we’re delighted that the majority of drivers in North West Leicestershire have very high standards and integrity. This driver though clearly lacked both and is no longer licensed to work in our district.”
She added: “We want people to feel confident and safe when they use taxis, and our efforts to revoke this driver’s licence shows our commitment to ensuring this.”
Mr May said: “I still now can’t believe somebody would collide with a cyclist and just drive off, especially a so-called professional taxi driver.
“The licensing team at the district council has been very helpful and understanding, and the matter was sorted quickly.”
Simon joined road.cc 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.