Friday 16 December 2016 17.05 GMT
Cycling groups and MPs have called for Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, to be investigated for knocking over a passing cyclist in Westminster when he opened the door of his ministerial car in traffic.
A cycling organisation has offered the cyclist legal assistance, while MPs on the all-party parliamentary cycling group have called on the prime minister and Metropolitan police to investigate.
Although the transport secretary stopped to apologise and check on the injured man, he left about 90 seconds after the incident, without leaving his details. The cyclist, Jaiqi Liu, was left dazed and injured, with a damaged bike and unaware of the identity of Grayling or the other ministers and aides in the car.
Cycling UK said “dooring” was a criminal offence and that if police did not prosecute, it was prepared to use its cyclists’ defence fund (CDF) to assist Liu in considering a possible case against Grayling.
However, Liu has since said he does not wish to discuss the incident further.
Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s senior road safety and legal campaigns officer, said: “Mr Grayling, as a former justice secretary and the current transport secretary, should know it’s a criminal offence to open any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger anyone.”
A regulation under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, which designates criminal motoring offences, states: “No person shall open, or cause or permit to be opened, any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger any person.”
The charity has recently lobbied the government to review this law, believing it is not adequately enforced. Dollimore said: “Currently it’s treated as a minor offence with a maximum £1,000 fine, despite the fact that people have been killed and seriously injured by car dooring.”