A driver has been handed an ‘absolutely appalling’ fine after paying more than £1,800 for narrowly overtaking a cyclist.
Seventy-seven-year-old Wayne Humphreys had to shell out £1,887 and got four points on his license after footage showed him narrowly overtaking a cyclist in his Audi Q8 in Bridgend, South Country Wales, in September last year.
The cyclist captured the incident on a GoPro camera and later reported Humphreys to traffic enforcement teams.
The warehouse boss was contacted by officials and offered him a course as an alternative to prosecution for driving without care and attention.
However, he did not accept the course and subsequently failed to comply with a fixed penalty notice, which caused him to appear at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on June 8 this year.
There Humphries was found guilty of driving without care and attention and received four penalty points on his license as well as a £1,152 fine. He was also ordered to pay £620 in costs to the CPS and a victim fine surcharge of £115.
The driver, however, continued to maintain his innocence and called the decision “absolutely appalling”.
He said, according to ITV News: “I think the fine is absolutely appalling. I’m seventy-seven and the last fine I had was between thirty-five and forty years ago for going 34 miles an hour in a 30 zone. … Other than that, I’ve never had a fine and I’ve had a license for sixty years.”
Humphreys said he and his son measured the route in Bridgend and felt the gap it gave the cyclist was sufficient and safe.
He said: “Taking into account the rider and his bike, there would still have been at least four feet of space.
“I find it absolutely unbelievable that this happened. I don’t know if I should appeal or not. It will probably cost me more money.
“It’s already cost me around £4,500 with court and solicitor money. It doesn’t make sense to me.
A GoSafe spokesperson said: “The driver, Wayne Humphreys, from Pontyclun, has been contacted and offered a lesson.
“The ‘What’s Driving Us’ course is offered to drivers and passengers as an alternative to being sued for driving without care or attention. Mr. Humphreys did not accept this course and subsequently failed to comply with a notice of fixed fine.
“GoSafe regularly receives similar submissions via Op Snap and has worked closely with drivers and cycling groups to develop Operation Close Pass, which aims to educate drivers and cyclists on how to stay safe on our roads.
“If you have information about a close-by incident or other possible traffic violation, you can submit the details, along with supporting images, to GoSafe using Operation SNAP. “