Waitrose 'back lorry driver' after Jeremy Vine shamed them on social media for overtaking his bike

A petition to "Remove Jeremy Vine from the BBC" emerged following the incident as many condemned the broadcaster for promoting unfair accusation against the driver

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Broadcaster and cycling safety activist Jeremy Vine shamed a Waitrose lorry driver by sharing footage of a ride he went on with two members of the Met Police's dedicated cycling team,.

Mr Vine scrutinised the behaviour of the driver, after the officer was forced to move to the middle of the lane and raise his arm to alert the motorist of their presence.

In his voiceover, Mr Vine began by saying: "I want you to watch this police officer just in front of it [the lorry].

"Again, the word police is in large letters on his back. You see him flinch, he moves left a bit, raises his right hand as if to say, 'hang on, you just came too close.'

The supermarket chain have confirmed that the driver "continues to work for us as a valued member of our team"..
The supermarket chain have confirmed that the driver "continues to work for us as a valued member of our team"..

"Now, I'm starting to think this does look close for a whacking-weight truck like this".

The officer later added: "The Waitrose lorry just close-passed us. It was so close to me. I was here, and his wheels were touching the line."

Jeremy Vine on his bike
Jeremy Vine on his bike

The video erupted on Twitter yielding questions whether the HGV driver had committed an offence, as they commented he remained in his lane.

A spokeswomen for Waitrose has confirmed to GB News: "the driver continues to work for us as a valued member of our team" and "rumours that the drive has been sacked" were "grossly incorrect".

She added: "All our drivers are trained to the highest safety standards. We have investigated and closely examined the footage, including cameras fitted to our vehicle, and we are confident that our driver used the correct positioning while driving on a narrow lane. The driver continues to work for us as a valued member of our team".