Motorists could be slapped with a £100 fine and a criminal record if they are caught driving too close to cyclists as part of a new campaign.
Undercover officers on bicycles fitted with secret cameras will be on the lookout for dodgy drivers who don’t give those on two wheels 1.5-metre distance.
National body Cycling Scotland has received the backing of Police Scotland and will be punishing motorists with a minimum penalty of three points and a £100 fine as part of the month-long trial.
If a car is busted by a plain-clothes officer on a bike they will radio details to colleagues further up the road who will pull them over and give them a chat about their driving.
The driver will then be shown a giant mat illustrating the correct minimum passing distance.
If the officer feels that the driver isn’t paying attention or doesn’t seem to take on board the information they will be cautioned for careless or dangerous driving and receive a court summons.
Every year 100 cyclists are killed in the UK and 3,000 are seriously injured on our roads
Driving too close and not allowing sufficient cycle space when passing is an example of careless driving, and the minimum penalty for this is three penalty points and a £100 fine.
Inspector Andrew Thomson
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