Tesco delivery van slams into cyclist when the driver turns left across blue London bike lane
Shocking moment Tesco delivery van slams into a cyclist when the driver turns left across blue London bike lane
- The cyclist was hit by the Tesco van on Millbank, near London’s Vauxhall Bridge
- Dashcam footage filmed by Chris Impey shows the van overtaking by cul-de-sac
- Man on the bike doesn’t have time to react and is sent crashing to the ground
Video, recently posted on YouTube, shows the van overtake the cyclist and then signal left and swing into a cul-de-sac – into the cyclist’s path along Millbank, near Vauxhall Bridge.
The cyclist is unable to react in time and smashes into the side of delivery van before crashing to the ground.
Another rider comes to his aid during the incident which happened on May 28 last year, as the van comes to a halt and a shocked-looking man steps out.
Amazingly, the cyclist escaped serious injury and was able to ride away afterwards.
TV presenter and broadcaster Jeremy Vine, who’s also a cyclist and frequently films his own experiences on London roads, was among those to retweet the video.
‘No point in paint,’ he wrote – a reference to the blue marked cycle way.
Chris Impey, who shot the video and has been in contact with the cyclist, said the driver of the van had refused to tell police who was behind the wheel at the time.
This meant police could not charge him with a driving offence, despite the video evidence, Mr Impey claimed.
Shocking footage has shown how a cyclist was sent flying off their bike after being hit by a Tesco delivery van in London
The delivery van turn left into a cul-de-sac but it is too late for the cyclist to do anything and the two collide
He was later charged with failing to provide details of the driver and appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates’s Court on 27 January, where he was handed six points, a GBP300 fine and GBP332 in costs.
‘As someone who cycles through London daily I see a lot of issues on the road,’ said Chris, who lives in Surrey.
He said: ‘I was knocked off my bike once, which is why I wear a camera on my helmet. The victim in this case was very lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured. His leg came very close to being caught under the wheel of the van.’
Chris added that the van driver had later claimed that the cyclist had been in his ‘blind spot’.
Social media users slammed the driver’s actions, saying he had ‘no excuses’ and the cyclist was ‘lucky he wasn’t killed’.
A shocked-looking man then gets out after the crash, with a witness who filmed the incident saying he claimed the cyclist had been in his ‘blind spot’
Jeremy Vine retweeted the clip and wrote ‘no point in paint’ about the blue road markings
City Of London police officer Harry Rance also shared the footage, reminding cyclists to ‘plan for the worst’ and that ‘coloured paint isn’t going to protect you from incompetent drivers’
PC Harry Rance, who responds on a bike in the City Of London, shared a clip of the incident on Twitter as a ‘reminder’ to people.
He said: ‘Just a reminder that a bit of different coloured paint isn’t going to protect you from incompetent drivers. Plan for the worst and remember the road is a shared environment.’
A Tesco spokesperson said: ‘This was a distressing incident and we’re very sorry that it happened and wish the cyclist a full recovery.
‘We invest a lot of time in training our drivers to work safely and considerately and will continue to do that.’
Chris Impey recorded the smash on his dashcam (pictured the van and cyclist moments before hitting each other)
Chris said: ‘The victim was very lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured.
His leg came very close to being caught under the wheel of the van’ (pictured moments before the collision)
The spokesperson added that they couldn’t comment on whether any disciplinary action had been taken against the delivery driver or whether he still worked for them.
In October 2015, cyclist Julie Dinsdale lost her right leg when she was hit by a Tesco lorry on London’s Old Street roundabout.
The lorry ran over her leg and the wheels of her bike after turning left across her path and it emerged the driver Florin Oprea, 24, had only been driving in the UK for four months and started working for Tesco just days before the incident.
He was fined GBP625 and given five points on his licence after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention.
Ms Dinsdale hit out at the sentence, saying it was evidence that courts treat cyclists as ‘second-class’ road users.
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