In a dispute as to who had the right of way a Swedish cyclist blocks the road for ten minutes in front of an 80ft lorry

If you’ve ever ridden your bike on the road, it’s likely you’ve had a disagreement with a driver and maybe even exchanged a few angry words.

A chap in Sweden took this a bit further, though, engaging in a ten-minute stand-off with the driver of an articulated lorry, claiming he was the one with the right of way.

The rider stood over his bike a couple of metres from the lorry’s bonnet, gesticulating his point to the driver and those around.

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According to the Daily Mail, the incident took place in Vättersnäs are of Jönköping, a small town in the south of Sweden on a single-file road. Despite the protestations from the driver, the cyclist refuses to budge and use the pavement at the side of the road to pass the 80ft lorry.

Reports in Swedish media claim that 30 to 40 vehicles were caught up behind the lorry during the stand-off, which police say could land the cyclist a fine.

“It is possible that the lorry driver was in the wrong, but it is not the cyclist who is the prosecutor in the matter, it’s the police,” local traffic police Rolf Högberg told Dagens Nyheter.

“You don’t just reverse an 80ft lorry. I suppose it was a matter of principle for the cyclist. Considering that he stopped traffic for quite some time, he may end up with a fine.”

It doesn’t show it in the video, but the incident reportedly ended with a person grabbing the bike and throwing it onto the pavement.

  • hjkhhkkk

    You are being silly.

    According to the article, the cyclist claimed “he was the one with the right of way” and the policeman said “It is possible that the lorry driver was in the wrong”. The article does not state that the driver committed any offence.

    As for the job, I don’t want it. I don’t speak Swedish.

  • Dan Whitten

    OK. The driver committed no offence. The cyclist acted illegally as a prosecutor of the innocent driver. The cyclist should be fined. I think there’s a job in the Swedish police waiting for you if you want it.

  • hjkhhkkk

    The lorry driver was punished in that he couldn’t move for ten minutes. “He was merely asserting his priority” is not a justification for willfully blocking the road for ten minutes. Also, the article does not actually say that the driver committed any offence.

  • Dan Whitten

    He was merely asserting his priority. What prosecution or punishment occurred? The driver committed the offence.

  • hjkhhkkk

    What was it then? Why did he block the road if not to punish the lorry driver?

  • Dan Whitten

    But it was not a prosecutory or a punitive action.

  • hjkhhkkk

    Going on what the article says, I presume he meant that it is not up to the members of the public to take this kind of punitive action against supposed offenders, or something along those lines.

  • Dan Whitten

    Perhaps you can explain why the police officer made the comment then.

  • hjkhhkk

    I doubt very much that the policeman was insinuating that. And no, I am not being disingenous. You would have to be rather dull-brained to think the policeman believed that standing in the middle of a road and holding up the traffic is “acting as a (state) prosecutor”.

  • Dan Whitten

    I don’t know the full facts but I would imagine the driver had ample opportunity to give way or reverse early on and refused to do so. At some point if it was no longer possible to reverse the HGV, which is by no means certain, the cyclist would have been prudent to give way but I assume that was after receiving a load of abuse from the driver. The fact is that the driver was in the wrong and any discussion of a fine by the police should srart with the guilty party, the driver.

  • Dan Whitten

    Asserting your priority is not acting as a prosecutor which is what the police officer was insinuating. Are you being disingenuous?

  • hjkhhkk

    Yes. Asserting his priority. What a hero. Society would function so much better if everyone behaved like that whenever anyone made a mistake. Also, according to article, the policeman said the cyclist wasn’t the prosecutor. That is correct; it is not rubbish.

  • hjkhhkk

    The lorry driver might have been in the wrong initially, but what is he supposed to do? And what does the cyclist hope to achieve other than inconvenience everyone involved?

  • Dan Whitten

    So it’s not the cretinous driver who caused the road rage, it’s the cyclist who had priority, and by the way, it’s would have not would ‘of’ but then again in reality you wouldn’t ‘of’, would you?

  • rivers

    What a load of b…X you are talking, Wtf is the cyclist going to achieve by doing that? Its cretins like that that cause road rage. I would of kicked his a…E all the way back to his potting shed. Obnoxious little toe rag

  • lustra

    The cyclist was not the prosecutor and he did not make a prosecution so the police officer is talking rubbish. The cyclist merely asserted his priority and if the driver can’t reverse his vehicle he should start observing the rights of other road users instead of bullying them off the road. The lorry driver is the one who should be fined.