enforcement of highway code rule 163
can anyone explain why the police don't enforce highway code rule 163 which states that all road users should be given the same space as a car when you are overtaking them?
It seems a little unnecessary to me, i don't feel i need that much space. but... if it was routinely enforced then there would be no need for a huge amount of the infrastructure we campaign for to make cycling safer, as we would effectively have a 1.5-2m dedicated safe area just by virtue of our being on the road. Ironically, this actually gives us more space than a lot of cycle paths.
It's not something drivers take seriously now, and argue the toss even though most cyclists only complain when they pass at about .5m. surely with a bit of enforcement our lot could be vastly improved. it feels like a really easy win, and something which is obfuscated by the continual call for changes in road planning. At the moment, motorists get away with thousands of admittedly minor infringements which taken together make the roads perilous and occasionally terrifying for vulnerable road users. And still, the prominent discourse around cycle safety and law enforcement (and adherence) is the rather stale RLJ debate, not the fact that the vast majority of drivers routinely break the law and it seems to be tolerated.
we have some of the rules to make us safer already (speed limits, rule 163, advanced stop boxes, ban on mobile phones while driving,) what's the point in arguing for expensive infrastructure when all that really needs to happen is for the police to bother to enforce these? Currently they seem either unwilling or unable to actually do their job in this respect.
I am turning into a bore. I recently boringly sent a video of motorists failing to indicate left turning out of a junction onto Denmark hill to our safer neighborhood team. they didn't respond. i sent another. they didn't respond. similarly, i gently complained about a police sergeant who misquoted rule 163 to me, suggesting that he read his highway code. Again, this wasnt taken seriously in the slightest. When i pulled up next to a motorcycle straddling police officer at a red light, i asked why he wasn't doing anything about the guy in the black Mercedes he we had both witnessed crossing into a ASB at red (which counts as a red light offense, that's points). The police officer thought i was talking about the kids smoking weed a few meters back and was taken aback when he realized i cared about the RLJ motorist (the guy who i felt post more threat to me.)
I do wonder whether more mass pressure instead of my slightly ridiculous green pen writing tactics might actually get them to do their jobs, instead of messing about setting up 4 man RLJ sting teams for cyclists, or those bizarre 20 man bus fare evader teams they occasionally station at elephant and castle round about (presumably a mix of transport police, real coppers and PCSOs.)
I would be very interested to hear what other people think about this. I'd also like to know whether there is appetite to try and get the police more willing to adopt more rigorous enforcement