A Heathrow-based hire car company has taken its website offline, and issued an apology, after it labelled UK cyclists as a 'hazard'.
www.heathrow-car-rental.co.uk had given driving advice to its customers visiting the UK, saying cyclists were a 'hazard'.
The advice read: "In London, as in other places, cyclists can be a bit of a hazard, since - though they pay no road tax - they still have the same rights as any other vehicle."
It continues: "No law requires them to wear reflective clothing, have lights, or give any sort of signal. Furthermore, cyclists tend to ignore traffic lights and one-way streets, so please be careful you don't hit them. Cyclists become most indignant if you hit them, and legally, it is always the motorists fault."
The website currently has the following apology printed on it.
Earlier the news caused a flurry of posts on social media sites.
The hire firm's u-turn follows the announcement earlier this week that dangerous lorries are set to be banned from the capital's streets. HGVs without side guards and safety mirrors will be not be allowed in London’s streets from as early as next year.
Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. In that time he has written product reviews, features and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. Once an aspiring bike racer himself, he can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer.