A CYCLIST claims to have reported 300 dangerous drivers and taken five to court as he vows to continue until bikers are treated better.
James Taylor, from Bristol, has been using a camera strapped to his bike to catch reckless motorists before giving the footage to authorities after enduring multiple close-calls.
The dad-of-three has been cycling to work for 17 years, but since taking it up as a hobby in 2018, he has been documenting his run-ins with drivers and claims to have reported 300 since then.
He told the Daily Star: "I’ve reported 300 drivers since November 2018. When you report someone you don't always know how far it's taken.
"Sometimes it's just a tick or a cross meaning they've paid a fine. Sometimes they're prosecuted in court, I've been a witness five times.
"The worst incident I faced was when I was aggressively tailgated by a driver along the high street.
"I was going 20mph and he was right up against me. He was a strange individual and was convicted for lack of due care."
James, 49, says drivers zooming by too close past cyclists is the "most common fault" as motorists fail to leave a gap of at least 1.5metres.
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"The new regulations just spell this out more clearly for drivers," he added.
“This is not a them versus us situation."
It comes after horrifying footage was shared on social media showing the moment a Range Rover almost hit a little girl riding a bike without a helmet.
A cycling campaigner has insisted "this is why" new Highway Code rules – which states cyclists should ride in the middle of the road and be overtaken with at least a 1.5metre gap – are needed.
Under the code's revamp, it is acceptable for cyclists to ride in the centre of the lane, in some situations.
Rule 72 in The Highway Code says: "Ride in the centre of your lane, to make yourself as clearly visible as possible, in the following situations:
"On quiet roads or streets – if a faster vehicle comes up behind you, move to the left to enable them to overtake, if you can do so safely.
"In slower-moving traffic – when the traffic around you starts to flow more freely move over to the left if you can do so safely so that faster vehicles behind you can overtake.
"At the approach to junctions or road narrowings where it would be unsafe for drivers to overtake you."
The code also states that when drivers are wanting to overtake cyclists, they must leave at least 1.5 metres of space at speeds of up to 30mph.
At higher speeds, drivers should be giving cyclists more space.
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