Thanks to West Midlands Police, other forces around the UK want to do the same. But after years of Government cost cutting – they need our help! West Midlands Police say there should be no excuse for driving too close to vulnerable road users.
At Cycling UK, we say there should be no excuse for the police to ignore this illegal driving behaviour.
Every single police force in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland needs a safe pass mat like this. By bulk buying, we can cut costs and help police keep our roads safe.
That’s why we need to raise £12,000 and are appealing to cyclists across the UK to help us.
With this money we will make sure every police force can educate drivers how to overtake vulnerable road users safely, just like West Midlands Police.
It is sad to think that the only thing stopping other Police forces across the UK rolling out an education and enforcement campaign on close passes is the cost of a plastic mat. If that really is the case then I welcome the initiative.
I've no recollection of anything similar happening before, not so much blue sky thinking as grey mat thinking.