A private hire driver has had his licence revoked after footage emerged of him driving dangerously and hurling abuse at a cyclist in Bristol city centre. The incident took place at about 8am on Saturday, March 9, and was captured on the cyclist's helmet-mounted camera.
The cyclist can be seen remonstrating with an overtaking motorist on a street in the city centre when the private hire driver of a silver Seat vehicle witnesses the exchange before dangerously cutting in front of the bike and braking hard at the traffic lights on Bristol Bridge. The video then cuts to two minutes later where the cyclist is once again ahead of the private hire vehicle on another road in the city centre.
The Seat car can be seen in the rear view camera accelerating in the left-hand lane while the cyclist is in the right-hand lane. The PHV driver then aggressively swerves into the cyclist's lane - cutting him off again - and brakes hard while waving his arm out of the window.
He continues for a short distance before coming to a stop, blocking a pedestrian crossing. The cyclist can be heard to saying: "What you doing? It's a 20mph limit." While some of what he says us inaudible, the driver leans out of his car window and shouts: "Shut up. You're dangerous mate, you're dangerous. F*** you.
"He's got kids in the car. What the f*** is wrong with you?" The cyclist responds: "He shouldn't be doing more than 20mph.” "That was really dangerous what you did there, you're supposed to be a professional driver."
The clip ends when a set of traffic lights ahead of them turns green and the Seat and cyclist pull away.
The video was shared on Twitter by the Bristol Cycling Campaign group, who said the incident had been reported to Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council.
In a statement, the local authority said: "Following a report from the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team a private hire taxi driver has had his licence revoked for driving his taxi in an intimidating and dangerous manner, putting the safety of a cyclist and other members of the public at risk. "The cyclist had captured the incident, which was considered as very serious and is also being investigated by the police, on his helmet camera"