Shocking moment Tesco delivery van slams into cyclist





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Published on Feb 13, 2020

Shocking moment Tesco delivery van slams into cyclist when the driver turns left across blue London bike lane. The cyclist was hit by the Tesco van on Millbank, near London’s Vauxhall Bridge. Dashcam footage shows the van overtaking by cul-de-sac. Man on the bike doesn't have time to react and is sent crashing to the ground. A cyclist was knocked off his bike by a Tesco delivery van after the driver turned across a bike lane in London. Video, posted on YouTube by Chris Impey, shows how after riding along a blue cycleway on Millbank, near Vauxhall Bridge, the cyclist was hit by the van. The man is seen being overtaken by the vehicle as they near a cul-de-sac with the driver signaling left and turning into the road – but also into the path of the cyclist. The cyclist is unable to react in time and smashes into the side of delivery van before crashing to the ground. Another rider comes to his aid during the incident which happened on May 28 last year as the van comes to a halt and the shocked-looking driver steps out. Amazingly, the cyclist escaped serious injury and was able to ride away afterwards. TV presenter and broadcaster Jeremy Vine, who's also a cyclist and frequently films his own experiences on London roads, was among those to retweet the video. 'No point in paint,' he wrote – a reference to the blue marked cycleway used by the cyclist. Chris Impey, who shot the video and has been in contact with the cyclist, said the driver of the van had refused to tell police who was behind the wheel at the time. This meant police could not charge him with a driving offence, despite the video evidence, Mr Impey claimed. He was later charged with failing to provide details of the driver and appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates's Court on 27 January, where he was handed six points, a £300 fine and £332 in costs. 'As someone who cycles through London daily I see a lot of issues on the road,' said Chris, who lives in Surrey. He said: 'I was knocked off my bike once, which is why I wear a camera on my helmet. The victim in this case was very lucky he wasn't more seriously injured. His leg came very close to being caught under the wheel of the van.' Chris added that the van driver had later claimed that the cyclist had been in his 'blind spot'. Social media users slammed the driver's actions, saying he had 'no excuses' and the cyclist was 'lucky he wasn't killed'. PC Harry Rance, who responds on a bike in the City Of London, shared a clip of the incident on Twitter as a 'reminder' to people. He said: 'Just a reminder that a bit of different coloured paint isn't going to protect you from incompetent drivers. Plan for the worst and remember the road is a shared environment.' A Tesco spokesperson said: 'This was a distressing incident and we're very sorry that it happened and wish the cyclist a full recovery. 'We invest a lot of time in training our drivers to work safely and considerately and will continue to do that.'. The spokesperson added that they couldn't comment on whether any disciplinary action had been taken against the delivery driver or whether he still worked for them. In October 2015, cyclist Julie Dinsdale lost her right leg when she was hit by a Tesco lorry on London's Old Street roundabout. The lorry ran over her leg and the wheels of her bike after turning left across her path and it emerged the driver Florin Oprea, 24, had only been driving in the UK for four months and started working for Tesco just days before the incident. He was fined £625 and given five points on his licence after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention. Ms Dinsdale hit out at the sentence, saying it was evidence that courts treat cyclists as 'second-class' road users. Tesco delivery van slams into cyclist when the driver turns left across blue London bike lane .

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