Crack­down on ‘close pass­ing’

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PO­LICE are to crack down on driv­ers who over­take too close to cy­clists, fol­low­ing the launch of a new cy­cle-safety ini­tia­tive by the De­part­ment for Trans­port (DFT).

Of­fi­cers will get “train­ing ma­te­ri­als and sup­port” to help pre­vent “close pass­ing”, which is said to put many cy­clists off tak­ing to the roads.

PC Mark Hod­son, from West Mid­lands Po­lice, said mo­torists who do not give cy­clists enough room on the road “need to un­der­stand that we run oper­a­tions to catch them, us­ing footage pro­vided by cy­clists and other mo­torists”.

While the High­way Code only ad­vises driv­ers give cy­clists “at least as much room as you would when over­tak­ing a car”, some po­lice forces rec­om­mend al­low­ing 1.5 me­tres of space when pass­ing. Driv­ing in­struc­tors will also take part in a £500,000 pi­lot scheme pro­mot­ing cy­cle safety among learner driv­ers. The Dft-funded pro­gramme aims to “en­sure cy­clists’ safety is at the fore­front” of learner driv­ers’ minds.

MIND THE GAP Some po­lice forces sug­gest driv­ers leave a 1.5-me­tre space when over­tak­ing cy­clists, but there’s no le­gal dis­tance

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