A petition calling for a minimum overtaking distance of cyclists has been slammed as pointless and unenforceable by the country’s leading traffic lawyer.
More than 20,000 people have already signed the petition on the Government petition website, which is asking for a minimum legal passing distance of 3.28ft (1m) in a 30mph zone rising to 1.5m in a 60mph zone.
Those behind it claim it is needed as in 2014 statistics reveal that 113 cyclists were killed on the UK’s roads and a further 25,000 were injured, with more than 3,000 of those sustaining serious injuries.
However, Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, called the petition pointless and unenforceable adding there was already adequate legislation in place.
Mr Freeman, who has called for cyclists to be forced to comply with similar rules as motorists, and for bicycles to carry identification plates, said: “The real problem is that many roads are not wide enough to accommodate both cycles and vehicles, and many roads are also littered with potholes rendering cycling dangerous per se.
“Common sense dictates you should give cyclists as much room as possible when overtaking them, but in certain circumstances this can be incredibly difficult, particularly if they are cycling two a breast or there are cars parked on both sides of the road.
“In the unlikely event this does become law, who is going to police it? It would be totally unenforceable. Motorists already have penalties for careless driving, or driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.”
Mr Freeman added: “The cycling law needs a total overhaul to bring it in to the 21st century.”
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