West Midlands Police close pass operation Mark Hodson and Steve Hudson
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are the latest to confirm they are road testing a close pass operation, with drivers who overtake a cyclist too close facing three points and a £100 fine. Police, who describe the operation as “new and evolving”, are holding a public engagement event in the Trafford Centre this weekend.
GMP confirmed to road.cc they have completed three test days at different locations within Greater Manchester, and have advised two close passing motorists, who were pulled over. A further driver did not stop and police are looking to track them down.
Several police forces are now looking to roll out the operation, which was pioneered by West Midlands Police last year to crack down on close overtaking, where drivers leave less than 1.5m between their vehicle and a cyclist. However, Manchester cycle campaigners and the city’s cycling csar say the operation needs to be as good as the West Midlands model to be effective.
Inspector Paul Rowe, from the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit, told road.cc: “We have completed three test days for the operation at three different locations.