Apologies if this has been discussed/shown previously. A friend just sent it to me on a facebook message.
"Bristol bus driver imprisoned for 17 months for assault in which he knocked cyclist on to the road with his vehicle"
Certainly quantifies the term "hit by a bus"
Driver got off lightly I recon.
It also raises the question should he loose his licence?
Generally, the maximum you'd get is disqualification for 10 years. And if you kill someone you get a DR (Death by Reckless driving) stamped on your license from then on. It's nigh on impossible to get insurance (a legal requirement in the UK) once you have that stamped on your license.
OK there is never an excuse for using a weapon (Bus) in this manner BUT aggression from the cyclist (irrespective of "who started it") added to the situation. There was a preceding verbal altercation, cyclist lent his bike against front of bus stopping it (& presumably abusing the driver & obstructing traffic) and then rode off swerving in front of the bus. I am not surprised it turned out this way.
Unless you are far bigger/stronger etc than your opponent a show of aggression usually escalates conflict.
While it may be true that to have a disagreement takes more than one person.
Would using the horn be a more appropriate response?
Hitting a cyclist with a bus, it seems possible that a serious injury could result.