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The now famous incident of London Mayor Boris Johnson nearly being killed by a stupid truck driver (famous to cyclists, anyway…we’re spreading it virally as a There But for The Grace of God Go I parable) is bound to featured on this week’s comedy news quiz Have I Got News For You.
Because it’s Boris, the video will be played for laughs but, of course, the criminal actions of the truck driver - trying to squeeze past a group of cyclists on a bend, over speed bumps and with too little space to overtake safely - will be a reason for mirth, not condemnation.
Perhaps, just perhaps, the truck driver may face some sort of sanction. His crime? Being caught. On camera. These sort of ‘accidents’, sadly, are not rare but it’s unusual for there to be a celeb involved and unusual for the CCTV footage to be made public so quickly.
Andrea at Velorution.biz wants the truck driver to be banned from driving in London and for the video above to be sent to all haulage companies as a warning: ‘[I'd] send an email to all companies who employ lorry drivers, and tell them: “Drive like this and we will impound your fleet.”’
@karlOnSea calls the incident an “assassination attempt.”
Karl also points out the tousle-haired one was wearing a bike helmet, not something he’s noted for. In a spirit of helmet-wearing safety, here’s my video of a game you could once place online thanks to the UK’s Department for Transport.
Following complaints, the game has now been culled. Complaints? What’s the world coming to when you can’t hit kiddie heads with a mallet?