‘Paint isn’t going to protect you from incompetent drivers’ – Video emerges of Tesco driver knocking off cyclist

The delivery driver appeared in court last month

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Video footage has emerged of the moment a Tesco delivery driver ‘left hooks’ a cyclist and knocked him from his bike.

The driver appeared in court last month charged with failing to provide his details after the incident in London.

Cyclist Chris Impey was cycling along Cycle Superhighway Eight near Vauxhall Bridge Road when the driver overtook him and then swerved across the cycle lane, knocking the rider off his bike.

Metropolitan Police officer PC Harry Rance responded to the video, saying: “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.”

The incident happened in May 2019, with the video emerging online this week after the driver appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in January this year, the Metro reports.

He was handed six points, a £300 fine and £332 in costs after he refused to give his details to police.

A Tesco spokesperson told the Metro: “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 video footage, filmed from the helmet camera of a rider behind Impey, shows him cycling in the far left of the cycle superhighway, when the delivery driver overtakes.

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As the cyclist and driver approach a left turn, the delivery driver hadn’t full overtaken Impey but turned across the rider’s path, hitting him in the right side with his van door.

Journalist Jeremy Vine shared the video on Twitter, saying: “No point in paint.”

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.