This is the moment Jeremy Vine caught a foreign diplomat off-guard using a mobile phone and bragging ‘I don’t have licence’ in busy traffic in west London.
It is the latest in a series of clips the broadcaster has posted of drivers carrying out dangerous manoeuvres in the capital.
The video shows Vine cycling down Kensington High Street, just past the gated entrance of Kensington Palace, when he spots a driver using his mobile phone.
‘Look at this guy, he doesn’t even see me,’ says Vine.
He catches up with the man, and shouts ‘six points on your licence’ to which the man responds ‘Good boy! I don’t have a licence’.
The video shows Vine cycling down Kensington High Street, just past the gated entrance of Kensington Palace, when he spots a driver using his mobile phone
‘Look at this guy, he doesn’t even see me,’ says Vine. Vine catches up with the man, and shouts ‘six points on your licence’ to which the man responds ‘Good boy! I don’t have a licence’
Vine attempts to engage the man, saying ‘you don’t have a licence, why not?’
But the driver shows no interest in talking further and drives away.
A search of the man’s registration number shows the vehicle is from Oman. Vine also zooms in on the ‘D’ on the registration plate.
‘I see, D for diplomat,’ he says, while the caption ‘Do as you like appears’.
The clips, which Vine regularly posts on social media, see him blast drivers for carrying out what he says are dangerous manoeuvres in the capital.
Recent films have seen van drivers tell the Radio 2 call-in presenter to ‘f*** off’ after he challenged them on their driving and a London bus driver brand him a ‘terrible person’.
He has also sparred with an Amazon driver who called him a ‘p****’ and a 4×4 driver he caught scoffing a bag of chips and using her phone while at the wheel.
Some of Vine’s 789,300 followers debated the manoeuvre after he posted the clip – with users split on whether the taxi driver had been unsafe.
Vine is an enthusiastic cyclist and has praised the expansion of cycle lanes in London. He is pictured here in 2019 on a Brompton folding bicycle – with a GoPro action camera on his head
Vine has also attracted attention for using a novelty Penny Farthing bicycle whilst out and about. But he had a nasty fall from the Victorian-style velocipede in February 2022
One follower said: ‘Passing a car on the inside while they are already indicating… yea, very sensible.’
Issuing a note of caution to Vine, another wrote: ‘How you haven’t been injured. Just chill, back off, we know he was in the wrong but you were putting yourself in danger. You seriously need a road awareness course.’
A third person added: ‘he indicated left but you still tried to undertake him, are you stupid?’
Some, however, believed that Vine was in the right by warning the cabbie off of turning in.
One defender of the presenter said: ‘It was nice that he recognised you and it ended more light hearted, but he was performing a scary, illegal manoeuvre. Who knows how it could have ended without the horn etc.’
Another wrote: ‘It beggars belief that we still have drivers on the roads who thinks that’s acceptable. I suspect, though, that many realise it’s wrong and just don’t like admitting they were at fault.’
Elsewhere on the social network, Vine has sparred with malicious trolls who falsely accused him of being the star at the centre of a BBC sex pictures scandal.
Vine suffered a black eye and broke his glasses after being thrown over the handlebars of his Penny Farthing in February 2022. He was wearing a helmet at the time
He told the How To Be 60 podcast that he was knocked out from the fall. But an eyewitness later told him the plummet from the bike had been ‘like something from the Olympics’
Vine later laughed off the incident and even brought it up on his Channel 5 daytime programme – complete with a janky graphic showing how the accident had happened
And the broadcaster has recently spoken candidly about his freak accident on a novelty Penny Farthing bike last year.
Speaking to the How To Be 60 podcast, Vine said he had been riding the bike in a bid to ‘show off’ – a trait he says he shares with comedian brother Tim.
But Vine was catapulted over the handlebars after the bike hit a divot as he rode across a patch of grass.
While he was temporarily knocked out, Vine came away from the accident with just a black eye and a broken pair of glasses.
He told the podcast: ‘I was knocked out, but the person who saw it said it was like something from the Olympics.
‘He said at one point, “You were a star shape and upside down mid-air”.
‘So I hit the ground, I was wearing a helmet but that’s kind of irrelevant.
‘All the air was knocked out of me. I was knocked out.
‘And I couldn’t remember any of it.’
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