Thursday, 15 July 2010

VIP abuses Cycling Superhighway

Today at 11.15 there were a handful of photographers and placard wavers outside South Bank University getting bored waiting for the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade, to come out from whatever he was doing in there.

His driver (according to onlookers) was parked, engine off, waiting for him also - just as I was giving a cycling lesson on one of the new Mayor's/Barclay's Hire Bikes to a prospective user of the Mayor's new Cycling Superhighway 7.

Let's see what the Highway Code says:

You MUST NOT wait or park on yellow lines during the times of operation shown on nearby time plates (or zone entry signs if in a Controlled Parking Zone) – see 'Information signs' and 'Road markings'. Double yellow lines indicate a prohibition of waiting at any time even if there are no upright signs.

You MUST NOT stop or park on

a tram or cycle lane during its period of operation

I trust the driver will be disciplined by his employer.


Anonymous said...

Let us hope that the drivers employer understands that an offence has been committed.

Joanna said...

Hi Charlie,

I'm a reporter for the Richmond and Twickenham Times (Vince Cable's constituency) and we're keen to cover the above story in this week's paper.
Would it be ok to use the picture please? If you could give me an email back at to let me know it would be much appreciated. Our deadline is tomorrow morning.
Thanks very much.

Kind Regards,


Walkonomist said...

Looks like Vince is cruising around in an eco-friendly hybrid! With emissions that low maybe he thinks its OK to use the cycle lane!? ;)