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NOT FINE I was fined £1.8k and got 4 points on my driving license for overtaking a cyclist too closely but I left LOTS of space

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A BUSINESSMAN penalized for narrowly overtaking a cyclist has lashed out at his ‘appalling’ driving penalty, claiming he left plenty of room.

Wayne Humphreys, 77, has been fined £1,887 and given four points on his driving license for not leaving enough room in his Audi Q8.

The cyclist recorded the narrow pass with a GoPro camera and reported the incident to road police teams.

GoSafe received footage of the white Audi overtaking a cyclist on Pant Hirwaun, Bridgend on Wednesday 15 September 2021 and felt that Mr Humphreys had not left sufficient space.

The camp chief was contacted about the maneuver but refused to accept his wrongdoing, skipping his course and refusing to pay a firm fine.

He was then prosecuted at Cardiff Magistrates Court for driving without due care and attention.

Mr Humphreys received four penalty points and was ordered to pay £1,887 in fines and costs.

He said: “I find the fine absolutely appalling. I’m 77 years old and the last fine I had was 35 to 40 years ago for driving 34 mph in a 30 zone.

“Apart from that, I’ve never had a fine and I’ve had a license for 60 years.”

Mr Humphreys said he and his son measured the road in question in Bridgend, South Wales, and estimated the gap he left for the cyclist to be sufficient and safe.

He said: “Taking into account the cyclist and his bike, there would have been at least four feet of room left.

“I find it absolutely incredible that this happened. I don’t know whether to appeal or not. It will probably just cost me more money.

“That’s already cost me around £4,500 with the money for the court and the lawyer. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

A GoSafe spokesman said: “Driver Wayne Humphreys from Pontyclun was contacted and offered a course.

“The What Drives Us Course is offered to drivers/drivers as an alternative to prosecution for the offense of driving without due care and attention.

“Mr Humphreys did not accept this course and later failed to comply with an imposed fine.

“This resulted in his appearing before Cardiff Magistrates Court on June 8, 2022. He was found guilty of driving without due care and attention.

“He received 4 penalty points on his driving licence, given a £1152 fine, £620 cost and £115 victim’s surcharge.

“GoSafe regularly receives similar submissions via Op Snap and has worked closely with riders and bike groups to develop Operation Close Pass, which aims to educate both riders and cyclists on how to stay safe on our roads.

“This includes promoting one of the basic things you should do when overtaking a cyclist, which is to slow down and always allow 1.5 meters between your vehicle and a cyclist whenever it is safe to do so.

“Unfortunately, despite this, GoSafe continues to receive regular Op Snap filings regarding close-pass incidents.

“This result shows that these submissions are being taken seriously and being treated with due attention as we continue to work to make our roads safer for all.

“If you have information about a close pass incident or other possible traffic violation, you can send the details along with supporting footage to GoSafe using Operation SNAP.”

A BUSINESSMAN penalized for narrowly overtaking a cyclist has lashed out at his ‘appalling’ driving penalty, claiming he left plenty of room.

Wayne Humphreys, 77, has been fined £1,887 and given four points on his driving license for not leaving enough room in his Audi Q8.

The cyclist recorded the narrow pass with a GoPro camera and reported the incident to road police teams.

GoSafe received footage of the white Audi overtaking a cyclist on Pant Hirwaun, Bridgend on Wednesday 15 September 2021 and felt that Mr Humphreys had not left sufficient space.

The camp chief was contacted about the maneuver but refused to accept his wrongdoing, skipping his course and refusing to pay a firm fine.

He was then prosecuted at Cardiff Magistrates Court for driving without due care and attention.

Mr Humphreys received four penalty points and was ordered to pay £1,887 in fines and costs.

He said: “I find the fine absolutely appalling. I’m 77 years old and the last fine I had was 35 to 40 years ago for driving 34 mph in a 30 zone.

“Apart from that, I’ve never had a fine and I’ve had a license for 60 years.”

Mr Humphreys said he and his son measured the road in question in Bridgend, South Wales, and estimated the gap he left for the cyclist to be sufficient and safe.

He said: “Taking into account the cyclist and his bike, there would have been at least four feet of room left.

“I find it absolutely incredible that this happened. I don’t know whether to appeal or not. It will probably just cost me more money.

“That’s already cost me around £4,500 with the money for the court and the lawyer. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

Wayne Humphreys, 77, has been fined £1,887 and given four points on his driving license for not leaving enough room in his Audi Q8.

“The What Drives Us Course is offered to drivers/drivers as an alternative to prosecution for the offense of driving without due care and attention.

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