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Video: Taxi driver admits delivering punishment pass to teach cyclist a lesson

Footage contains plenty of strong language

This video shows a taxi driver deliberately passing cyclist Aberdeen Cycle Cam in intimidating fashion. “You put yourself in fucking danger,” he claims afterwards. “Use the cycle lane provided for you.”

The close pass comes at a junction where a cycle lane stops on the pavement at traffic lights.

The taxi driver speeds past, gesturing towards the side of the road.

When Aberdeen Cycle Cam catches up with him later on (because he’s stuck in a big queue of traffic), he rolls down the window and says simply: “Cycle lane!”

“So what?” replies the cyclist.

“Use the fucking thing, it’s for your safety,” advises the taxi driver.

Asked whether the close pass was to teach the cyclist a lesson, the taxi driver admits that it was.

“So you put me in danger to teach me a lesson?” asks Aberdeen Cycle Cam – and this is when it is suggested that the cyclist put himself in danger.

The incident occurred on August 28 and was reported to Aberdeen City Council.

Councillor John Reynolds, Convener of Licensing Committee, Aberdeen City Council, told The Sun: “The incident was investigated by enforcement officers and the licence holder was issued with a formal warning and reminded of his obligations in terms of his licence."

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wingmanrob replied to vonhelmet | 5 years ago
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vonhelmet wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

Oh, you’re one of those.

Shut up

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vonhelmet replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

Oh, you’re one of those.

Shut up

Solid argument.

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wingmanrob replied to vonhelmet | 5 years ago
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vonhelmet wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

Oh, you’re one of those.

Shut up

Solid argument.

LOL thanks! One of my better ones haha

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burtthebike replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

Oh, you’re one of those.

Shut up

And one of those as well, apparently.

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John Smith replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car. Why would you not want to stop morons from making dumb close passes on a multi lane road?

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wingmanrob replied to John Smith | 5 years ago
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John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car.

Yes, I quite agree and everything you say is correct, but we're the vunerable road user, and we're ALWAYS going to come worse off in a colision. Isn't it better not to get these idiots rilled up? If he'd ridden on the left, there still wouldn't have been space for the taxi to pass, but maybe just maybe he might not have viewed the cyclist as having held him up. 

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brooksby replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:
John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car.

Yes, I quite agree and everything you say is correct, but we're the vunerable road user, and we're ALWAYS going to come worse off in a colision. Isn't it better not to get these idiots rilled up? If he'd ridden on the left, there still wouldn't have been space for the taxi to pass, but maybe just maybe he might not have viewed the cyclist as having held him up. 

Nope: the cyclist being on the road AT ALL is what got Mr Taxi Driver all riled up. Isn't that the point of the video and subsequent association whitewash sorry case? 

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John Smith replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:
John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car.

Yes, I quite agree and everything you say is correct, but we're the vunerable road user, and we're ALWAYS going to come worse off in a colision. Isn't it better not to get these idiots rilled up? If he'd ridden on the left, there still wouldn't have been space for the taxi to pass, but maybe just maybe he might not have viewed the cyclist as having held him up. 

 

He would still have viewed the cyclist as holding him up as the complaint was he was not in the cycle lane. Being left the taxi, or many other drivers, might have tried to squeeze past. If you are worried about taking the lane because someone might ram you off the road in a fit of anger I suggest not riding on the road, but the reality is that is vanishingly unlikely to happen, where as being clipped by the wing mirror of someone who can’t work out how wide their car is is a very real risk, and you should support those with the confidence to assert safe defencive riding rather than blame the victim.

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wingmanrob replied to John Smith | 5 years ago
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John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:
John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car.

Yes, I quite agree and everything you say is correct, but we're the vunerable road user, and we're ALWAYS going to come worse off in a colision. Isn't it better not to get these idiots rilled up? If he'd ridden on the left, there still wouldn't have been space for the taxi to pass, but maybe just maybe he might not have viewed the cyclist as having held him up. 

 

He would still have viewed the cyclist as holding him up as the complaint was he was not in the cycle lane. Being left the taxi, or many other drivers, might have tried to squeeze past. If you are worried about taking the lane because someone might ram you off the road in a fit of anger I suggest not riding on the road, but the reality is that is vanishingly unlikely to happen, where as being clipped by the wing mirror of someone who can’t work out how wide their car is is a very real risk, and you should support those with the confidence to assert safe defencive riding rather than blame the victim.

 

I totally get your point and granted I don't commute, so only cycle on quieter country roads for the most part, but he was in the middle of the lane quite some distance before the lights, he had an opportunity to check behind and move into the bus stop before the lights to allow any cars behind to go past. 

I guess like motorists, we all cycle differently, my view which I accept is perhaps different to some of you is to avoid confrontation in the first place

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davel replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:
John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:
John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car.

Yes, I quite agree and everything you say is correct, but we're the vunerable road user, and we're ALWAYS going to come worse off in a colision. Isn't it better not to get these idiots rilled up? If he'd ridden on the left, there still wouldn't have been space for the taxi to pass, but maybe just maybe he might not have viewed the cyclist as having held him up. 

 

He would still have viewed the cyclist as holding him up as the complaint was he was not in the cycle lane. Being left the taxi, or many other drivers, might have tried to squeeze past. If you are worried about taking the lane because someone might ram you off the road in a fit of anger I suggest not riding on the road, but the reality is that is vanishingly unlikely to happen, where as being clipped by the wing mirror of someone who can’t work out how wide their car is is a very real risk, and you should support those with the confidence to assert safe defencive riding rather than blame the victim.

 

I totally get your point and granted I don't commute, so only cycle on quieter country roads for the most part, but he was in the middle of the lane quite some distance before the lights, he had an opportunity to check behind and move into the bus stop before the lights to allow any cars behind to go past. 

I guess like motorists, we all cycle differently, my view which I accept is perhaps different to some of you is to avoid confrontation in the first place

I think this is the key bit. 

If you commute in anything like a town you have to be assertive, otherwise a) you don't get anywhere and b) you get bullied into danger by impatient arseholes, emboldened by being surrounded by a ton of metal. 'Safety first' does not equate to meekly surrendering the lane or hogging the kerb. 

It's a world away from Sunday club or solo runs. 

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BehindTheBikesheds replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:
John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car.

Yes, I quite agree and everything you say is correct, but we're the vunerable road user, and we're ALWAYS going to come worse off in a colision. Isn't it better not to get these idiots rilled up? If he'd ridden on the left, there still wouldn't have been space for the taxi to pass, but maybe just maybe he might not have viewed the cyclist as having held him up. 

Not taking the lane has far worse outcomes far more frequently, it also concees priority/position so that motorists will always expect people to get out the way, thus you're conditioning the killers/those that do harm to carry on as before without any thinking or consideration.

If you don't know this already suggest you open your eyes. The old pony about no point right if you're dead is utter bollocks too with zero evidence of it being true over and above people ceding priortiy and defering road position.

You're wrong, plain and simple.

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ConcordeCX replied to wingmanrob | 5 years ago
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wingmanrob wrote:
John Smith wrote:
wingmanrob wrote:

The cyclist did bring a lot of this on himself, there was no need to ride in the middle of the lane, all it does is antagonise the morons. 

 

That seems like a totally sensible place to take the lane. I would always ride in the middle of the lane on a two lane road. Either a driver can move in to the other lane to pass or they should not be overtaking. Totally sensible to stop morons from squeezing past between you and a car.

Yes, I quite agree and everything you say is correct, but we're the vunerable road user, and we're ALWAYS going to come worse off in a colision. Isn't it better not to get these idiots rilled up? If he'd ridden on the left, there still wouldn't have been space for the taxi to pass, but maybe just maybe he might not have viewed the cyclist as having held him up. 

Victim mentality. You'll always be a victim.

 

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dreamlx10 | 5 years ago
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The face of driving in the uk today, this should be made into a poster with a suitable caption. Angry people in two tons of metal and plastic who think that they literally have the right to behave any way they choose, and to bully cyclists because they are in the way

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ConcordeCX replied to dreamlx10 | 5 years ago
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dreamlx10 wrote:

The face of driving in the uk today, this should be made into a poster with a suitable caption. Angry people in two tons of metal and plastic who think that they literally have the right to behave any way they choose, and to bully cyclists because they are in the way

I had a similar experience on my way to work earlier this week. Filtering along the right of the traffic, rather than in the narrow and blocked cycle lane, a van driver whom I must somehow have upset leaned out of the window and yelled at me 'use the fucking cycle lane!'. I flicked a V at him and continued on my way while he waited in the traffic. This sort of thing is water off a duck's back to me, I don't give a shit if they shout at me, but what was striking was the look of pure, undiluted hatred, anger and vitriol on the driver's face. It was far worse than the picture at the top of this article, and very similar to the famous one of the angry guy on the way to Richmond Park. I don't use a video or anything on my bike, but this would have been a lovely shot. There must be a photobook to be made of angry driver faces.

 

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Hirsute | 5 years ago
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Bobbinogs wrote:

Blimey, a formal warning eh? Taxi driver must feel suitably chastised and remorseful.

GIven he didn't injure anyone, I'm not sure what more can be done.

They are all licenced so if he clocks up any more incidents, he will have his licence removed (or not renewed).

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burtthebike replied to Hirsute | 5 years ago
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hirsute wrote:
Bobbinogs wrote:

Blimey, a formal warning eh? Taxi driver must feel suitably chastised and remorseful.

GIven he didn't injure anyone, I'm not sure what more can be done.

They are all licenced so if he clocks up any more incidents, he will have his licence removed (or not renewed).

Someone with more legal knowledge than me, especially north of the border, may like to correct me, but deliberately endangering someone with a lethal weapon is an assault.  Given that that particular weapon kills more people than any other, that should be taken extremely seriously, and at the very least his licence should be suspended for a suitable period, during which he can take anger management therapy.

Why wasn't it reported to the police?

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BehindTheBikesheds replied to Hirsute | 5 years ago
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hirsute wrote:
Bobbinogs wrote:

Blimey, a formal warning eh? Taxi driver must feel suitably chastised and remorseful.

GIven he didn't injure anyone, I'm not sure what more can be done.

They are all licenced so if he clocks up any more incidents, he will have his licence removed (or not renewed).

It's a Section 18 infraction,  Attempted Wounding With Intent To do GBH, he should have had his licence taken away with immediate effect and the police should be charging him. 18 months in prison should suffice for these dangerous types.

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IanGlasgow | 5 years ago
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The driver was angry becauase he didn't use a bike lane on the pavement whose sole purpose seems to be so cyclists can pass the queue of cars to get to the ASL.
How would it help the taxi driver if he did use it?

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StraelGuy | 5 years ago
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I might be generalising but I strongly suspect most minicab drivers only do the job because they're too stupid to be pond slime or have criminal records that preclude them for doing anything else... Only bother I ever have with traffic seems to be with these idiots no.

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davel replied to StraelGuy | 5 years ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

I might be generalising but I strongly suspect most minicab drivers only do the job because they're too stupid to be pond slime or have criminal records that preclude them for doing anything else... Only bother I ever have with traffic seems to be with these idiots no.

A lot of them are brain donors.

If someone drives a car for a living, and they're bad at that, imagine how unemployable they'd be in other professions.

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bobbinogs | 5 years ago
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Blimey, a formal warning eh? Taxi driver must feel suitably chastised and remorseful.

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