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Man comes forward to police over CBD car-dooring

The Age, 17 March 2014

A man shown in a video "dooring" a cyclist on a city street has come forward to police. Victoria Police confirmed a 65-year-old Brighton man has spoken to officers after a video showing him leaving a taxi through the passenger-side rear door in Collins Street, Melbourne, on Monday.

The cyclist, who had cameras attached to both her helmet and handlebar, captured the accident and the passenger's reaction.

The cyclist is seen asking the taxi passenger for his details after the collision, but both he and his travelling companions refused to give them.

The cyclist has not spoken to journalists, but operator Edward Hore — who has been in contact with the cyclist — said the taxi driver had also made a statement to police. Police would not confirm this.

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber on Tuesday called for police to investigate whether the man could be charged under Victoria's anti-dooring laws, as well as whether he and his two companions might be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.

The Napthine government announced tougher penalties for dooring in 2012, increasing the on-the-spot fine for opening a car door in the direct path of a cyclist from $141 to $352 and the maximum court penalty from $423 to $1408.

There is no dedicated bike lane on the part of Collins Street where the crash happened.

"Cyclists are free to use Collins Street if they wish, however, this is not a dedicated bike lane," the City of Melbourne said in a statement.

"The line markings are intended to encourage drivers to stay to the right of cyclists that are using this road space.

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