Published: Tue 19 February, 2019
A driver that turned a corner on the wrong side of the road, hit a cyclist and drove away without stopping has lost his licence to drive a taxi in North West Leicestershire.
Shocking footage captured on the headcam of cyclist Dylan May shows the taxi turn into Gutteridge Street in Coalville on the wrong side of the road, early in the morning of Friday 11 January. It strikes Mr May causing injuries to his right arm, shoulder and elbow and significant damage to the bike. The driver of the taxi fails to stop.
With the help of the footage licensing officers at North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) were quickly able to identify the vehicle and the driver before launching an investigation.
The taxi driver initially chose to blame the cyclist, citing a different location for the crash and claiming that the cyclist had been in the middle of the road. He would only later admit to being fault and driving away from the scene after being shown the helmet camera footage.
In light of the seriousness of the incident itself, the failure stop and the clear dishonesty about the crash after the event, NWLDC has revoked the drivers’ licence.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “This was an appalling incident. The quality of the driving which led to the collision was poor but the reaction of driving away and then lying about the incident afterwards was particularly unacceptable.
“Taxi driving is a profession and we’re delighted that the majority of drivers in North West Leicestershire have very high standards and integrity. This driver though clearly lacked both and is no longer licensed to work in our district.
“We want people to feel confident and safe when they use taxis, and our efforts to revoke this driver’s licence shows our commitment to ensuring this.”
The victim, Mr May, said: “I still now can’t believe somebody would collide with a cyclist and just drive off, especially a so-called professional taxi driver.
“The licensing team at the district council has been very helpful and understanding, and the matter was sorted quickly.”