• I don't know any details of this specific situation, and haven't seen the video, but just wanted to clarify this:-

    there are solid white lines down the middle of the the road that aren't meant to be crossed

    They can be crossed though (per HWC rule 129):-

    "
    129

    Double white lines where the line nearest you is solid. This means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road. You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.
    "

    Of course, if it's a blind bend (as hinted at in other posts) then "providing the road is clear" cannot be guaranteed and they shouldn't have attempted to manoeuvre, also the average car driver will consider any cyclist they want to overtake as going slower than 10mph regardless of their real speed.

  • Well, that told me! Of course, since such markings are basically always used on bends, is it ever safe? On a straight road, how is having a double white line any different from having a dashed white line which you are also not supposed to cross unless it is safe?

  • On a straight road, how is having a double white line any different from having a dashed white line which you are also not supposed to cross unless it is safe?

    Well, the obvious difference between HWC rules 128 and 129 is the limit on overtaking stationery or slow moving vehicles.

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