Force chiefs have been talking to officers in the West Midlands about introducing Operation Close Pass in order to protect “vulnerable road users” from being overtaken too closely by motorists. Under the potential new iniative, cars that repeatedly are seen to be overtaking cyclists with less than the legal 1.5 m distance could face being prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge welcomed stricter enforcement to protect ‘vulnerable road users’, but also called for more investment in infastructure and quality road design for motorists and cyclists alike.
Daniel Zeichner said:
“It is right that everyone obeys the rules, so I welcome any initiative from the police to ensure that there is proper enforcement. Motorists should always allow proper space, but we have all seen situations in Cambridge where that doesn’t happen. Enforcement is part of the answer, but good design is also important, to make it easier for both cyclists and motorists to travel safely.”