Van driver knocks bike over with child in bike seat, and drives over the bike.

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Arjimlad, 7 Mar 2018.

  1. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
  2. IMO he should never be allowed to drive again. However, the saddest part for me is this quote from the dad:

    "The “very angry” father is now considering buying a second car to get around, a court heard."

    Another cyclist forced off the road by an inconsiderate moron driver.
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  3. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Agreed, a pathetic sentence.
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  4. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    N Ireland
    Horrendous. He's happy enough for his solicitor to say he has no sight in his left eye as if to say, 'anything I hit to the left of me isn't my fault'. Regardless, the bike was on the right, he hit it and knew about it. Then with a little faux remorse he shows his selfish nature again, 'I'll lose me job...', 'I need my license', 'it's all about me me me'.

    I can't help but feel for the father, no doubt he'd have had family members telling him that he was reckless to go cycling with his child in the seat and now he'll have to bear their 'I told you so' comments too. My in-laws have always been against me taking the kids out on the bike but I can say the trips with the rear seat and subsequently the trailer, have been some of the best rides I have had and probably will ever will have.
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  5. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels

    They should at least have ordered a re-test before allowing him to drive again ffs :cursing:
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  6. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    car-centric society : 1
    cycists : 0
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  7. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    "both Mr Squires and his son were wearing cycle helmets"

    "Tippett told a probation officer he had not realised a child was on the bike"
    The implication being that he thinks his behaviour would have been acceptable if it was only the adult who he nearly killed
  8. KneesUp

    KneesUp Veteran

    If he feels that the lack of sight in the left eye is in any way a mitigating factor, he shouldn't be allowed to drive until he can see with both eyes again. i.e. never.
  9. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Nice to hear the judge refuse his request to keep his licence:
    "You may lose your job. So be it. You are not safe driving."

    More of this please!
  10. Tizme

    Tizme Über Member

    I can only agree with glasgowcyclist. If only every Judge/Magistrate said the same!
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  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    What an utter nodder.
  12. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    I'm not sure the driver's visual disability is the issue here... does being blind in one eye automatically disqualify one from driving?
    simon.r likes this.
  13. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    perhaps it should do - can one safely judge distance without stereoscopic vision ?
  14. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

  15. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    Stereoscopic vision only really helps judge short distances - within the reach of your hands say.
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