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We'll start with the first 2 obvious offences.
1. "Highway code rule 163". www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070314
Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.
2. "Highway code rule 124". www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070304
You MUST NOT exceed the maximum speed limits for the road and for your vehicle (see the table above). The presence of street lights generally means that there is a 30 mph (48 km/h) speed limit unless otherwise specified.
[Law RTRA sects 81, 86, 89 & sch 6]

I call "idiot" as the proximity of the vehicle at speed in limited space scared the life out of me. I try not to do this but sometimes the adrenaline pump that occurs makes it a knee-jerk reaction. After all you never know what kind of person is in the vehicle.

At the end you see the driver do an rapid stop. I was just switching my recording, to help find the incident later, so failed to record anything further.

He jumps out of the car, slams the door and agressively strides up to me. Ho hum, better try to diffuse this one, no-one needs anything further here. He is shouting "What did you say? What did you call me?". My quieter response was "Do you know how much space you are meant to give? You scared the life out of me.". He then stood over me, being over 6 foot at my guess, and clearly demonstrated that he spends a lot of time doing weights by the size of his upper body. This was pretty intimidating. After a few seconds he turned and went back to his car. Halfway back the car started rolling away down the slight slope.

So, the next few traffic incursions.
3. "Highway code rule 242". www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860
You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.
[Laws RTA 1988, sect 22 & CUR reg 103]

4. "Highway code rule 243". www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860
DO NOT stop or park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space.

5. I'm sure not securing your car breaks all kinds of laws, but I cna't spot them in the Highway Code.


Then, finally, this has to be a case of threatening behaviour or intimidation. The guy used his size to intimidate and his agressive attitude showed the intent he had on using that should he choose. A couple of definitions show it's not clear cut in the UK, of course!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intimidation
Intimidation (also called cowing) is intentional behavior "which would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities" fear of injury or harm. It's not necessary to prove that the behavior was so violent as to cause terror or that the victim was actually frightened.

There is no legal definition in English law as to what behavior constitutes "Intimidation", so it is up to the courts to decide on a case by case basis. However, if somebody threatens violence against somebody, then this may be a criminal offence.

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