Jeremy Vine divides opinion with video of truck passing cyclist
Jeremy Vine has divided opinion on social media after sharing a video of a Waitrose truck passing by a group of cyclists in London. The video shows a number of cyclists in one lane, with a police officer to the side of them, but still in the same lane. A large Waitrose delivery truck drives past the group, but despite being in its own lane to the right of the cyclists, the police officer still flinches and moves away.
The video points out that while the lorry was in its own lane, it was said to be driving right on the lines meaning it felt very close for the cyclist. Jeremy shared the clip along with a tweet that said: “Out cycling with HIGHLY VISIBLE police officers — and a massive @waitrose truck actually close-passes one of the @MetCycleCops! Take a look and see his reaction.” As is often the case when it comes to discussions about cyclists and drivers in London, the incident divided opinion over who was in the right.
: The devious prank designed to make people question which airport they are landing at Many came to the defence of the driver, as they pointed out that he stayed in his own lane and asked what else he was supposed to do. One person tweeted: “Jeremy try spending a day with a Waitrose driver and see his view behind the wheel.
Most of the trucks have cameras fitted to show he was inside his lane. The police persons could have moved to the middle of the lane and everyone would have had enough room.” Another said: “He was in his lane for god sake!
What’s he supposed to do?? If the Met Police cyclist rides to the outer of his lane of course he’s going to be close!! Not the truck driver’s fault at all.
It’s one of the busiest cities in the world!!!” A third similarly commented: “I’m a big supporter of road safety & cyclists’ rights, but there has to be reason on both sides. A v busy road, lots of big lorries – cyclists should cooperate by dropping to single file or keep away from lane line.
The PC wobbled across the lane line at 1.35 & was 3 abreast!” However, Jeremy continued to offer his support to the police officer on the bike, and said: “You’re criticising a police officer for trying to keep vulnerable road users safe. You may be fine cycling around our cities — most people don’t dare.
That needs to change.” Another person commented: “This happens so much to me and I didn’t know it was an offence! I’d flinch and inwardly fume that our roads are so narrow and wonder why road legislation didn’t stop them from putting us in this position.
“Common sense would tell these HGV drivers to slow down/hold back but they see a painted line and think ‘this is fine, I’m colouring within the lines’. Most of the comments here show that that’s exactly what they’re thinking. Scary.”
Waitrose responded to the video and said: “Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We are investigating.” MyLondon has reached out to Waitrose for comment.
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