Police force calls for minimum passing distance – but is enforcement of existing law better?
October 10 2016
Devon & Cornwall Police’s senior traffic officer calls for change to Highway Code…
Devon & Cornwall Police’s senior roads policing officer has called for a minimum passing distance to be introduced to the Highway Code for motorists when they overtaking cyclists – although elsewhere police forces are being urged to copy their colleagues in the West Midlands and enforce existing laws against drivers who pass riders too closely.
West Midlands Police’s announcement last month that they would start prosecuting motorists for not giving people on bikes sufficient room was hailed by the charity Cycling UK as “the best road cyclist safety initiative ever.”
> West Midlands Police issues prosecution notices to 14 close-pass drivers
It has led to calls for forces elsewhere to follow suit, with Metropolitan Police officers in the London Borough of Camden already saying that they will do so, including deploying plain clothes officers on bikes.
> Camden police to copy West Midlands close-pass initiative
Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, head of roads policing at Devon & Cornwall, told the Exeter Express & Echo: “I have been part of a number of conversations recently on Twitter with cyclists, many of them concerned for their safety on the roads due to vehicles and their close and dangerous passes.