Cyclist reports more than 300 motorists for bad driving but insists it's not 'them and us'

A cycling dad told how he has filmed hundreds of motorists he claims were driving badly and reported them to the authorities.

James Taylor says he has had so many encounters with poor drivers he took to recording them on a camera on his bike.

And while some will have been found he has already appeared in court as a witness five times, reports the DailyStar.

The 49-year-old dad said he had been cycling for 17 years and over that time he had a number of close calls with motorist.

He told how on one occasion, he was aggressively tailgated down a high street where the speed limit was 20mph.

He said: “I’ve always ridden a bike. I wasn’t under any delusions as to the danger.

“The worst incident I faced was when I was aggressively tailgated by a driver along the high street.

“I was going 20mph and he was right up against me. He was a strange individual and was convicted for lack of due care.”

Like many other cyclists, James has decided to take matters into his own hands and has begun actively recording his encounters and attempting to prosecute them.

Since he began his hobby in 2018, he has been prolific in documenting his road battles.

He continued: “I’ve reported 300 drivers since November 2018. When you report someone you don’t always know how far it’s taken.

“Sometimes it’s just a tick or a cross meaning they’ve paid a fine.

“Sometimes they’re prosecuted in court, I’ve been a witness five times.”

The dad of three is one of a number of cyclists who have taken to recording the actions of other road users and posting incidents on Twitter then reporting them to the authorities.

He was speaking as new rules were brought in for the Highway Code which spell out a hierarchy of road users.

This establishes that quicker or heavier modes of travel have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others on the road.

It is aimed at providing more protection to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Bike riders have also received fresh guidance to ride in the center of a lane on quieter roads, in slower-moving traffic and at the approach to junctions in order to make themselves as clearly visible as possible.

This news has infuriated some road users who deem it as giving inappropriate control to cyclists but for many in the cycling community, the news has come as a bonus.

James welcomed the news explaining: “The most common fault is the close pass. People need to leave 1.5 meters when they pass.

“The new regulations just spell this out more clearly for divers.

“This is not a them versus us situation.”

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