One of the biggest cause of conflict between cyclists and motorists is the room left for one another on the road especially when a motorist chooses to overtake a cyclist. The issue of motorists leaving sufficient room when overtaking was heavily publicised earlier this year after plain clothes police operations were implemented to catch motorists who were guilty of a “Close Pass”
Some motorists find the presence of cyclists on the road a source of great frustration and annoyance but as we outline in this article the Highway Code and Road Traffic Act 1988 make it clear that the responsibilities lay heavily on the motorist to take care for the safety of cyclists. The “Close Pass” scenario is not defined in law as an offence in itself. However, we have examined the two main sources of information concerning this to establish just what motorists and cyclists should do to avoid falling foul of legal and safety recommendations.