A cyclist has failed in his attempt to bring a private prosecution of a former driving instructor accused of dangerous driving.
A jury at Isleworth Crown Court acquitted former driving instructor Aslan Kayardi this week of dangerous driving in what was believed to be the first case of its kind in the UK.
Barrister Martin Porter brought the private prosecution after police declined to take action after he recorded Kayardi overtaking him on the single carriageway A315 Staines Road towards oncoming traffic.
Evidence presented in court claimed Kayardi was travelling at a speed between 51mph and 57mph in a 30 zone leaving only a distance between 60cm and 80cm, which Porter said forced him to swerve towards the kerb and nearly fall off.
Roger Geffen, policy director at cycling charity CTC and trustee of the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, which backed the prosecution, said it was very disappointed that the jury rejected the camera and expert evidence of speeding.
He added the verdict "highlighted the huge challenge we face in raising driver awareness of the need to respect the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users".
Porter commented: “Whilst I, of course, respect the verdict of the jury, I believe it is only right that Mr Kayardi was required to justify his driving before a Court of Law.
“I also thank the Cyclists’ Defence Fund for their financial backing without which a prosecution of this nature is not realistically practicable. My hope is that lessons can be learned from this prosecution with benefit to all those interested in reducing road danger."