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Is it a criminal offence to verbally abuse another road user?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 15 Oct 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...like a cyclist ? I am also sick and tired of the verbal abuse and murderous driving I am exposed to by motorists every time I ride.
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i bloody hope not :biggrin:
     
  3. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    It would probably come under threatening behaviour, though getting plod interested enough to do anything on verbal abuse alone might be difficult.
     
  4. longers

    longers Veteran

    It makes them angrier if you keep your calm. If you keep cool enough they can spontaneously combust with indignation.


    And you'll feel better even if they don't.:biggrin:
     
  5. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I even thought about keeping my camera handy and letting them see me take a pic of their no. plate....trouble is thats easier said than done when trying to avoid death from a full on pimped fiesta attack.
     
  6. pw2389

    pw2389 New Member

    Of course, if it is a car full of chavs, you can always tell plod that in addition to verbally abusing you, you thought they were smoking joints :biggrin:

    With a bit of luck, if you made a note of the registration, plod might make a point of pulling them over if they spot them. At the least, it might inconvenience the chavs and, who knows, it is possible (quite likely?) that plod will find something chemical on their person or in the car...
     
  7. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    there should be some sort of petition or a march or something to get this issue raised in parliament....maybe Boris can do something?

    ...perhpas we could organize a bikers revolution march...re claIM THE streets type of thing....we could call it **** the 4x4!
     
  8. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    You could always go along to a Critical Mass.
     
  9. longers

    longers Veteran

    He sounds indignant enough to be one all by himself.
     
  10. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    what is that?
     
  11. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

  12. longers

    longers Veteran

  13. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Tonight I would agree with that:biggrin:
     
  14. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Either I'm lucky or folk around here are kinder but I can only remember twice in 10 years or so of cycling that I've ever had even the most mild abuse from cars. The occasional accidental shaving and bad driving apart.
     
  15. ransos

    ransos Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Last year, I had an altercation with a lorry driver who had just tried to kill me. I descended into swearing loudly (as did he) and we were both pulled over by the police and warned that we were committing an offence. They were far more bothered about that than a potential fatality it seems.