Cyclist who films motorists committing driving offenses says HE now faces a £1,000 fine after police charge him with breaking traffic laws
- Tom Bosanquet, 42, from Bristol, has been told he could be fined £1,000
- Police told cyclist his filming was ‘blocking the road’ so he could talk to others
- Mr Bosanquet said it would be ‘ridiculous’ to take the case to court
A cyclist has been warned he could face a £1,000 fine for filming motorists committing driving offences.
Police reportedly told Tom Bosanquet, 42, of Bristol that his ‘civic efforts’ should not put him ‘in conflict with other road users’.
The slim threat came after he captured a van driver who allegedly used a phone while driving through a red light.
Sending him a notice of prosecution, Avon and Somerset Police reportedly told Mr Bosanquet he was ‘blocking the road’ so he could ‘converse with the occupiers’.
Police told Tom Bosanquet, 42, of Bristol that his ‘civic efforts’ should not ‘put you in conflict with other road users’ after the man captured a van driver who allegedly used a phone.
They added that the driver of the van probably “in his frustration then decided to run a red light”.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, the cyclist said a warning would have been fairer.
He added: “I think it would be ridiculous to try to take this to court. I heard it could be a fine of up to £1000.
The incident reportedly took place on March 4 in Bristol.
Motorists are expressing their fury at cyclists who have been given greater freedom on the road following a major overhaul of the traffic laws in January.
Under the new rules, cyclists are now advised to ride in the center of lanes on quieter roads, in slower traffic and, when approaching junctions, to make themselves as visible as possible.
The code also states that cyclists must be aware of people driving behind them and allow them to pass when it is safe to do so.
The new measures are meant to boost protection for cyclists and pedestrians, but motorists have complained that cyclists are deliberately monopolizing the center of the road, causing traffic to build up behind them, after the rules came into effect.
In London, cyclists have taken advantage of new traffic rules that encourage them to ride in the middle of the road. Pictured: Library image
The new guidance means that traffic must yield when pedestrians are crossing or waiting to cross at intersections.
A hierarchy of road users also means that someone driving will have more responsibility to watch out for people cycling, walking or riding, and cyclists will have more responsibility to be aware of pedestrians.