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09/03/2016 10:06:45

Cyclist brings private prosecution

Careless motorists – beware of vengeful cyclists. Nearly three-quarters of all the far too many serious or fatal bicycle accidents take place in urban areas. 53 year old Martin Porter, a cyclist and barrister, was utterly incensed when an Audi sports car passed him too closely and too fast, nearly knocking him off his bike. The car was being driven at an estimated 50 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone by a driving instructor - Aslan Kayardi.


The incident happened on the busy A315 road which goes from Hounslow to Staines during the rush hour in February 2015. A recording from a camera on Mr Porter’s handlebars showed the bike being ‘blown’ kerbwards in the wake of the car as it passed an estimated 60 to 80 cm away. Mr Porter was also wearing a heart monitor which showed his heart rate suddenly increasing despite his work rate having slowed down.

Mr Porter took his evidence to the police, who declined to take any action, so Mr Porter decided to bring what is thought to be the first UK private prosecution on the charge of dangerous driving against Mr Kayardi. To paraphrase the words of the prosecutor at the trial in Isleworth Crown Court, the driving instructor did not just break the rules of the Highway Code, he was guilty of shattering them.

Mr Kayardi has denied the charge, and stated that he felt the cyclist was himself riding dangerously. The defence in the case have in turn accused Mr Porter of waging a personal campaign against motorists, something Mr Porter denies. According to Mr Porter, he brought about the private prosecution because he felt extremely ‘endangered and alarmed’ by the incident.

In these days of tiny cameras and personal health monitors, you never know who is watching or monitoring your road use. We await the outcome of this case with interest.



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