When confronted by the police and by his employer the driver of this Asda branded tanker said he was sorry and that he would 'endeavour to give cyclists a wider berth in future'. His transport manager put him on a computer based hazard awareness course. He has been driving for the same company for 20 years with no previous driving infringements. A prosecution was not thought to be in the public interest.
The problem I have is that he was aware of 'the hazard' (oka me) but chose to hoot and to drive close enough to both intimidate and to endanger. For all I know he has been doing this for 20 years to hundreds of cyclists who just will not have been in a position to do anything because they did not have a camera on their helmet.
His conduct gave every appearance of being from the type of motorist who resents cyclists using 'their' road.
I am sure there is an underlying thought that it may have been close but no harm was done. But again I have a problem with this. It is this type of conduct that frightens people off cycling as a rational mode of transport. Incidents like this make me think twice about cycling to work, notwithstanding that I know the statistics and I can be remarkably stubborn. It is the subjective fear of danger that holds back the longed for 'cycling revolution'.
Getting cyclists off the roads maybe what drivers like this are seeking to achieve. There is an overwhelming public interest in ensuring that they do not succeed. This ought to rank above the job security of professional drivers who prove themselves to be temperamentally unsuited to their work.