18 drivers stopped during Operation Close Pass in Trowbridge


This morning (Thursday 13 April), the Road Policing and Road Safety Unit supported the Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety Partnership to target ‘close pass’ drivers who endanger cyclists. Operation Close Pass was conducted on the A363 Bradley Road in Trowbridge.
Drivers of vehicles who were not observing the 2022 changes in the Highway Code, that state vehicles travelling up to 30mph should leave at least 1.5m space when passing cyclists, were given words of advice about their driving. In a little over 3 hours 18 vehicles were stopped:
• One driver was issued a non-endorsable ticket for a seatbelt offence
• One driver was issued an endorsable ticket for a tyre offence
• One driver was issued a ticket under the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme for a cracked windscreen
• 15 drivers received education regarding the safe passing of cyclists.
In January 2022, The Highway Code was changed to introduce a hierarchy of road users. Irrespective of how you travel, those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others. You can learn more about the changes by clicking on this link.
The Partnership proposes to hold more such operations in other parts of Wiltshire and Swindon over the coming months.