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The man is set to pay £1,800 because the cyclist passed too closely, claiming he left plenty of space

With the fine and other court costs, Wayne Humphreys claims he had £4,500 out of his own pocket after a cyclist sent footage of him driving his Audi Q8 too close on a Briend road

The driver of the Audi Q8, Wayne Humphreys, claims to have allowed a sufficient and safe distance when overtaking the cyclist
The driver of the Audi Q8, Wayne Humphreys, claims to have allowed a sufficient and safe distance when overtaking the cyclist

A businessman has been fined “appalling” – after being fined for overtaking a cyclist too closely.

Wayne Humphreys, 77, has been fined £1,887 and four penalty points for not leaving enough room in his Audi Q8.

The cyclist recorded the narrow pass with a GoPro camera and reported the incident to road police teams.

Camp chief Mr Humphreys was contacted about the manoeuvre, but refused to accept his wrongdoing and did not attend a course or pay a fixed fine.

He was then charged in Cardiff Magistrates Court with driving without due care and attention and given four penalty points and a fine of £1,887 and costs.

An irate Mr Humphreys said: “I find the fine absolutely appalling. I’m 77 years old and the last fine I had was 35 to 40 years ago for driving 34 mph in a 30 zone.







All other passing cars seemed to give him a much wider berth
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The driver of the Audi Q8, Wayne Humphreys, claims to have allowed a sufficient and safe distance when overtaking the cyclist
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“Apart from that, I’ve never had a fine and I’ve had a license for 60 years.”

Mr Humphreys said he and his son measured the road in question in Bridgend, South Wales and estimated the gap he left for the cyclist to be sufficient and safe.

He said: “Taking into account the cyclist and his bike, there would have been at least four feet of room left.

“I find it absolutely incredible that this happened. I don’t know whether to appeal or not. It will probably just cost me more money.

“That already cost me around £4,500 with the money for the court and the lawyer.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

A GoSafe spokesman said: “GoSafe received footage of a white Audi arriving on Wednesday April 15.

“Rider Wayne Humphreys from Pontyclun was contacted and offered a course. The What Drives Us Course is offered to drivers/drivers as an alternative to prosecution for the offense of driving without due care and attention.

“Mr Humphreys did not accept that course and later failed to comply with an imposed penalty. This resulted in his appearing before Cardiff Magistrates Court on 8 June 2022. He was found guilty of driving without due care and attention. He received 4 penalty points on his licence, with a fine of £1152, costs of £620 and a victim’s premium of £115.

“GoSafe regularly receives similar submissions via Op Snap and has worked closely with riders and cycling groups to develop Operation Close Pass, which aims to educate both riders and cyclists on how to stay safe on our roads. This includes promoting one of the fundamental things to remember to reduce your speed when overtaking a cyclist and always allow 1.5 meters between your vehicle and a cyclist whenever it is safe to do so.







Mr Humphreys was fined for not leaving “enough space to complete the manoeuvre” when overtaking a cyclist.
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“Unfortunately, GoSafe continues to receive regular Op Snap submissions regarding close pass incidents. This result shows that these submissions are being taken seriously and treated with due attention as we continue to work to make our roads safer for all.

“If you have information about a close pass incident or other possible traffic offense, you can send the details to GoSafe along with supporting footage via Operation SNAP (gosafesnap.wales).”

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