Below the jump I have transcribed my account of verbal harassment by an armored car operator on my way to work today, which was e-mailed to the company Garda. The parent company has since replied by phone and said they will be following up on the incident and disciplinary action may be taken. My wife Meghan was harassed by a UPS driver a few months ago, a driver who actually clipped her pannier bag by passing too close after making other aggressive moves and tailgating. That driver was fired.
Getting our legal system to care about cyclists being harassed may be difficult at times, but private companies, that's another ball game. They care about their reputation, and see their vehicles as moving branding for their company. I would like to encourage cyclists to report harassment by professional drivers. I want professional drivers to take note, if you harass cyclists, you are putting your job in jeopardy.
I took a photo of the vehicle it was license plate 8H70519. It appeared a driver was still in the car, so the belligerent employee, who was an overweight white male with balding hair, must have been the drivers partner. I was extremely dismayed someone in a professional position, one charged with protecting cash shipments, would intentionally shout at and provoke random individuals on the street. Additionally such ignorance of the laws governing the road from someone I presume to be in a professional driving position is alarming to me.
I hope such behavior is not indicative of your staff, such behavior and rage could turn tragic in an actual driving situation, and could expose your company to liability. I hope this matter will be taken seriously. I will be writing about this incident on my popular local cycling blog Gary Rides Bikes, with photos of the truck and it's license plate, I unfortunately did not get my camera out in time to capture the employee who began yelling at me.