Video footage shows London tour bus driver driving his vehicle onto a pavement during disagreement with cyclist

A bus driver in London who mounted a pavement to stop a cyclist turning left has had his actions put on YouTube and since been dismissed.

A video of the incident has appeared on the video-sharing platform which shows the tour bus beeping at the cyclist who indicates to turn left.

The cyclist rides onto the shared pavement – as the cycle-route signage directs – before continuing on the pavement.

The bus driver, however, takes issue with the cyclist and at the turn he drives his bus onto the pavement to prevent the cyclist passing.

A short argument between the cyclist and the driver takes place with the cyclist taking note of the bus’s registration number.

Update: According to the tour company, the driver involved in the incident no longer works for them.

Golden Tours put out a statement saying: “After reviewing the evidence provided by Mr Choudhry and the CCTV footage from the bus, the driver was dismissed from his service with Golden Tours with immediate effect on 4 August 2014.

“Golden Tours employs a rigorous recruitment and training process to ensure that the highest level of customer service is provided to our customers and to other shared road users.  We are grateful that matters such as these are highlighted to us, so that we are able to maintain the high standard of professionalism.”

  • David chadderton

    It is usually fairly safe to take to footpaths and pavements as a refuge from maurading traffic, isn’t it? I instantly convert from cyclist to pedestrian wheeling a bike as a final resort to safety. Well, racing is for the velodrome isn’t it? My ultimate defence against attacks from motorised wheelchairs (large tin vehicles driven by irate person who thinks the vehicle is both an army tank and a weapon of choice) is to lurk behind a concrete lamp post, power pole, bollard or Armo barrier until the offending driver is honked onwards by equally irate drivers following who are having their urgent trip to the pub/office/home delayed by the clown in front of them. The offending driver is more scared of the six other motorists in larger vehicles, or police cars, following behind, than one puny cyclist waving a plastic bicycle pump. My ultimate weapon, in Australia, against all traffic, and this works like magic, as every Australian school graduate was drilled into compliance, is the School Crossing Patrol. Dismount, stand at kerb by marker post, and the most generous person in the country selects when to stop all traffic, walks out into the dual carriageway armed with luminous clothes, a large Stop sign and a whistle. No one argues. ‘Oh, I’ll stop traffic for anyone.’ Is the reply from my grateful ‘thank you very much’. Marvellous. Such ultimate power!

  • Marty

    Looks like another gobby cyclist to me and the bus driver pulled over to have a word ?

  • Simon Daw

    Funny how often the drivers who do this sort of thing “no longer work for the company”, isn’t it?
    In any case, idiots like this, who clearly have neither knowledge nor respect for road traffic laws, should be dealt with by the police. Not just employers.

  • Peddler

    A bus driver who obviously doesn’t fancy staying employed.

  • paulrbarnard

    As the bus driver is so aware of the highway code he must be aware that it is illegal to drive on the pavement. So it should come as no surprise when he is prosecuted for it. They should also charge him with threatening someone with an offensive weapon (that would be the multi tonne vehicle he is driving) to force them to stop.