Land Rover driver fined £1,000 after passing cyclist on a country lane – ‘waste of time'

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The footage was shot from a helmet camera and shows one of a group of cyclists toppling into the ditch after a Land Rover Defender drove past. Paul Nigel Miley, 52, was driving a Defender when he tried to overtake a group of cyclists on a single track road, injuring one of them.

The footage was sent to Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Snap and Mr Miley was charged with driving without due care and attention on June 11 last year.

The driver, of Ashby St Ledger, pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court this month.

He was also handed a fine of £1,008.

Police explained Mr Miley should have come to a stop to let the cyclists pass by his vehicle.

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Others disagreed and sided with the cyclists, with one web user commenting: “A bit of consideration and appreciation of the vulnerability of cyclists would obviously have been better than driving close and fast.

“The woman could have fallen to the right and into the path of oncoming traffic on a different day.”

Another put: “Agree he should have slowed down or stopped, however no contact and as others say she only appeared to come off as others stopped and she couldn’t remove her feet from the foot holders on the pedals.”

Miley, of Ashby St Ledger, also received five points on his driving licence and was ordered to pay £100 in costs and a £101 victim surcharge.

He had pleaded guilty to driving without due care or attention when he appeared before Northampton Magistrates Court on March 18.

PC Mo Allsopp-Clarke of Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team said the video evidence “clearly showed that Miley had no consideration for the cyclists on that day, and when he appeared at Magistrates’ Court, he changed his plea to guilty.

“Miley initially pleaded not guilty to the offence, claiming he had driven extremely slowly past the group and was unable to move further across.”

The PC added that Miley’s driving “fell below the standard of a competent and careful driver, which could have very easily ended in tragic consequences, and I’m pleased the courts have dealt with the driver positively”.

He added that drivers should always try to give cyclists and other vulnerable road users at least 1.5m of space and pass slowly, but he admitted that “in this instance, on this road, that would not be possible”.

PC Allsopp-Clarke said: “On this occasion, the correct thing to do would have been to come to a stop to allow the cyclists to pass safely.

“It takes a couple of seconds and then everyone can continue their journey in safety.”


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