Filtering squeeze

Filtering squeeze

Zipping home on my Yamaha YZF-R125, I was on a mission to dump my motorbike, then swing out to the pub with the guys off my college course for a celebratory drink.

Unfortunately, the only thing that got dumped was me whilst attempting to squeeze between a bus and a van in front of me in lanes one and two. I wasn’t going too quick (about 40mph in a 30mph limit). However, the road narrowed at this point and I ended up as the piece of meat in a metal sandwich wedged between the two and then falling off. I’m gutted; my motorbike is trashed.

I shouted at both of them that they should check their mirrors until the policeman told me to calm down. I’ve taken his details as well, so I can make a complaint. I told them all filtering is legal. Who can I sue? The bus or van driver?


Both the van driver and the bus driver were established in their lanes, presumably proceeding on their merry way until you ploughed into them. The only person to blame for ruining your summer is you.

While filtering is legal it doesn’t mean you can just do it everywhere. You tried to squeeze through a gap that wasn’t there. Everyone makes mistakes, but shouting at others doesn’t make you right.

My advice? Suck it up buttercup. And whatever you do, don’t put in a complaint about the copper, as it sounds like he did you a favour by not nicking you.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

O2W legal column September 2018

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: August 24, 2018 at 10:34 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.
Disclaimer: The legal advice and statements contained within this/these articles is correct at the time of printing. If you are seeking legal advice after a motorbike accident please contact us to speak directly with one of our lawyers.


  1. I can hardly believe the number of people that have admitted to exceeding the speed limit when trying to contacting yourselves . There seems to be an acceptance by some that if it is within about 10 mph over the limit that this is perfectly acceptable. It is this attitude that gives motorcyclists a bad reputation. I believe that the majority of road users exceed the speed limit at times but are aware that they are breaking the law. It is one thing to admitting to being slightly above the speed limit when being accused of reckless or dangerous driving, quite another when trying to prove another guilty of an offence.

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