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by Mark Zalewski
March 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.
A bus driver in York who deliberately pushed a cyclist was ordered to pay a fine and restitution to the cyclist.
Prosecutors said the driver, Stephen Metcalfe, 61, got out of his bus, walked past another bus ahead of him and shoved the cyclist into a railing. This followed an earlier incident where the driver of the other bus and the cyclist had argued over his refusal to allow him on board at York Railway Station.
“He was concerned for the passengers on his bus and the bus ahead of him and that is why he got involved,”Metcalfe’s lawyer said in court. “He is remorseful and he has been disciplined by his employer.”
“We appreciate that as a bus driver you have a very stressful job to do,” Magistrate Malcolm Smith said in court. “However, you cannot push people off their bikes, even if they are causing a problem in the road.”
Metcalfe pleaded guilty and was fined £400 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the cyclist, £85 prosecution costs and a £40 statutory surcharge. The cyclist suffered minor injuries to his shoulder and rib area, a wrenched wrist and sprained elbow.
Click through to read more at the York Press.