Drivers could face fines for passing too close to cyclists

File photo dated 10/07/14 of cyclists in central London. A £7 million fund will be used to make English cities safer for cyclists, the Government has announced.
File photo dated 10/07/14 of cyclists in central London. A £7 million fund will be used to make English cities safer for cyclists, the Government has announced.

A review by the Department for Transport into safety measures surrounding cyclists could see a mandatory overtaking distance introduced, in a bid to reduce injuries and prevent intimidating behaviour by car and van drivers.

Currently the Highway Code does not stipulate a passing distance, simply instructing motorists to give cyclists "plenty of room" when overtaking. Many countries have introduced mandatory gaps of one metre, rising to one and a half metres on local roads. It's likely any minimum distance imposed in the UK would be similar to this.

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