‘You shouldn’t be on a public highway with a bike’: Conservative politician weighs down with viral clip of driver refusing to stop for a child

‘You shouldn’t be on a public highway with a bike’: Conservative politician weighs down with viral clip of driver refusing to stop for a child

A second conservative politician spoke out about the viral video that has been making the rounds on Twitter and shows a driver driving past a five-year-old cyclist at close range.

Just as Baroness Foster of the Conservative Party did yesterday, Susan Hall – the leader of the Greater London Conservative Council and chair of the Police and Crime Committee – argued that a child should not be cycling on the road in the first place.

In response to a tweet by Jeremy Fine suggesting that anyone who doesn’t think that a “driver should die slowly, or to stop” should “cut their driver’s license and send the pieces back to the DVLA,” Hall said: “The problem here is surely that should Shouldn’t the 5-year-old be on the public highway riding a bike!”

Hall then responded to the response that the driveway is part of a public highway, adding that the child should ride “slowly on the driveway, or preferably in the park.”

Responded to another before writing another one saying that the “concern” is that children are “generally very young.” […] They may not always be seen.”

Her Conservative counterpart Baroness Foster – who was appointed by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the House of Lords in December 2020 – argued yesterday: “A child of this size should not ride a road bike! A completely irresponsible decision coupled with your comments placed The entire onus is on motorists if/when something terrible goes wrong!”

> A driver – in a non-tax car with an expired MOT – climbs onto the sidewalk on the wrong side of the road … then punishes a six-year-old for cycling on the same pedestrian lane

After the video went viral on Twitter, garnering 2.3 million views and more than 9,000 responses since Friday, the baby’s father appeared on Jeremy’s Fine 5 channel during a clip titled “Cycling Class: Who’s Wrong?” Where Vine and journalist Mike Barry criticized the leadership.

“The facts are clear on this – the driver was wrong and my son has every right to ride on the road,” Father Ashley told the programme.

He added that it would be a “realistic mistake” for anyone to claim that the driver did not endanger the young driver.

Team guest Barry agreed, saying the debate over whether the kid should have been riding a road bike was “completely irrelevant”.

“Certainly human compassion, certainly human nature says if you are driving fast and there is a young child coming the other way, your instinct should be the protective nature of an adult in a car over a child,” he told Vine.

“There is no arguing there. Every time I see this I wince, I get goosebumps in my back […] I don’t know if the kid should be there or not, that’s a separate scientific argument about road making and all that…but when you see a kid on a bike, a little five-year-old comes towards you, just pull over to make sure nothing happens harm to the child. They are natural instincts.”

“He definitely rides with efficiency and confidence.”

In response to a question from the Sunday Times Driving, Tim Shallcross of IAM Roadsmart said: “There is no minimum age for road cycling; boy is a little younger than most cycling organizations recommend being on the road, but it is definitely an efficient, confident and supervised ride that is no problem. there “.

He also referred to Rule H3 of the Code of the Road, which refers to the “hierarchy of road users,” which requires drivers to “stop and wait until a safe gap in the cyclist flow occurs if necessary.”

“Road Code guidelines are for cars to give cyclists 1.5m of clearance to a maximum of 30mph, and since the cyclist was already passing parked vehicles and obviously had no room for 1.5m, the car had to wait until the cyclist was clear before he conceives a day.”

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