Almost where he belongs: Should Transport Secretary Chris Grayling be behind bars – not in front of them?

The failings of Grayling keep mounting up.

Last week he refused to hand over suburban rail routes to Transport for London for political reasons, provoking calls for his resignation on the grounds that his decision was in the interests of his party, not commuters, and was therefore illegitimate.

The week before, he announced plans to bring death back to the railways with the first all-private rail route since Railtrack was renationalised (after a series of fatal collisions).

Now it seems he has tried to bring death back to London’s roads by opening the door of his ministerial car as a cyclist was passing, knocking the man over and injuring him.

As Transport Secretary, and a former Justice Secretary, Mr Grayling knows this is a criminal offence – but he fled the scene of the crime without leaving any details.

Is this man more suited to public service or a prison sentence?

Cycling groups and MPs have called for Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, to be investigated for knocking over a passing cyclist in Westminster when he opened the door of his ministerial car in traffic.

A cycling organisation has offered the cyclist legal assistance, while MPs on the all-party parliamentary cycling group have called on the prime minister and Metropolitan police to investigate.

Although the transport secretary stopped to apologise and check on the injured man, he left about 90 seconds after the incident, without leaving his details. The cyclist, Jaiqi Liu, was left dazed and injured, with a damaged bike and unaware of the identity of Grayling or the other ministers and aides in the car.

Source: Chris Grayling could face private prosecution for ‘dooring’ cyclist | Politics | The Guardian

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