Another motorist has been fined and given points under the ‘dangerous overtaking of cyclists’ law — introduced in November 2019 — which carries a higher €120 fine as well as the 3 penalty points standard for dangerous overtaking.
The incident happened in Ranelagh in Dublin when the person who was cycling moved into the general traffic lane to go around a taxi blocking the cycle lane.
“I’ve just been informed that this driver has received a €120 FCPN and 3 penalty points. Hopefully lesson learned,” said ‘knolan’ on Twitter while quoting a video they posted on January 13:
— knolan (@nolankucd) January 13, 2020
The case is a clear example of how stopping, parking and loading in cycle lanes endangers people who cycle.
As per best practice, the person cycling starts to move out before the obstruction:
Again, as per guidance and now supported by the Rules of the Road, they took the ‘primary position’ in the centre of the lane and away from the taxi’s doors which may be flung open:
But, despite the car on the oppsite side of the road having stopped to turn right, the overtaking motorist decided to overtake the person on the bicycle within what seemed to be inches of their bicycle’s handle bars:
The way the overtaking motorist was driving, the cyclist could have been killed if they were in close to the taxi and the driver or a passenger opened their doors:
There were two more vans parked in the cycle lane ahead of the taxi (at least some of this section of the street is now segregated by the council using plastic bollards):
The overtaking motorist was quickly slowed to a stop by a white-van-man crossing the road on front of her. The person who took the video said that she said “sorry, sorry, sorry” to him before she “sped off”.