Independent.ie has published dash camera video showing a taxi driver overtake at least one stationary vehicle at a junction, not yielding to two cyclists using the cycle lane and then the newspaper focuses on how “cyclists it is to be extra vigilant”.
Although it is not totally clear, the Independent.ie seems to indicate that one of the two cyclists said: “If there is a message for cyclists it is to be extra vigilant especially where it comes to taxis and buses where people are driving for a living and where attention can sometimes get distracted.”
Well in advance of the junction on the road in question — the Eglinton Road — has a solid white central line, and the solid line continues after a pedestrian crossing at the junction — the solid while lines disallow overtaking and overtaking is also not allowed at the crossings.
The taxi in the video appears to overtake the vehicle with the dash camera — the source of the footage — and turns into a side road, Brookvale Road.
Brookvale Road is often used as a rat run to skip the traffic congestion on Eglinton Road towards its junction on Donnybrook Road.
The vehicle with the dash camera car seemed to be stationary avoiding blocking the yellow box.
I Bike Dublin, a campaign group, said on Twitter: “Come on @conor_feehan and @payutiwari96, were you tempted to point that the driver went from overtaking to turning left without any consideration for the cyclists? Very poor driving and some bias from you.”
Members of the public were also critical of the article.
@IsMiseNessy said: “Dashcam car seemed to be stationary waiting for traffic to move so it could progress past the yellow box. So as per this article people cycling must be vigilant when faced with ‘profesional drivers’ making ludicrously dangerous and impatient left turns.”
@SusanTheSilent said: “Cyclists told to ‘be extra vigilant’ when a taxi swerves across you throwing you across its bonnet, which roughly translates into no longer being able to rely on such niceties as motorists driving on the left hand side of the road. We are now at DEFCON 1.”
@robbiekayak said: “To echo everyone else, headline is wrong , drivers professional or otherwise need to pay attention. That taxis driver overtook stationery traffic to turn left. Slowing down doesn’t just mean your speed.”
Here’s the headline the Independent used:
Here’s the road shown on Google Street View: