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20th Sep 2018

VIDEO: Clip Shows Two Buses “Closing In” On Dubliner In “Frightening” Busy Commute Incident In City

Darragh Berry

During Storm Ali, we reported on how Dublin Bus’ driving skills on a particular bus was being questioned after their driving in front of a cyclist in the city.

This Dubliner found himself putting in a Freedom of Information request for footage of an incident between him and two buses, one of which was a Dublin Bus.

He found the process from the FOI request “very good” and was quickly issued with footage of the tape and a statement that the bus driver would be talked to.

“Here is the film from my first complaint against Dublin Bus. I found the process very good. The form takes 2 mins.

“I got a response saying driver would be spoken to and I received the footage by post within 4 weeks. Everyone should do this. I had maybe 6″ either side.”

Six inches is certainly not a lot each side for a cyclist, considering there should be a gap of at least one metre at all times.

He continued:

“I had been a racing cyclist for 7 years and commute every day by bike for over 10 years. I think a driver purposely going past someone they saw and squeezing them against another vehicle would cause some cyclists to come down under the wheels potentially. Hi viz no help here.

Might not look so bad, but when you have a 4 metre bus on one side and a 4 metre bus closing in on the other at speed then its frightening. I just took a pic of reg/bus number and filled in form. Driver who have many complaints must change behaviour. stay safe”

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus told us yesterday that cyclist safety is of “paramount importance” to the company.

“Cyclist safety has always formed part of our driver training processes and we take complaints from cyclists extremely seriously and all incidents or accidents are investigated fully.”

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