PC Mark Hodson, from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), said: 'This was a clear case of a close pass.'The cyclist was nearly forced into the kerb and the actions of the truck driver could easily have caused a very serious collision.'The Highway Code says drivers should give the same room as when overtaking another vehicle which is about 1.5-metres or an open car door's width.he bugle blows at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York.The only 2p coins that Christopher Hill, director of coin auctioneer Dix Noonan Webb, was highlighting as being sold by them for between £500 and £700 are those from 1983 and with the words New Pence on them.(And that bad news also applies to This is Money's very own money saving guru Richard Browning who found three New Pence 2p coins, from 1971, 19, and wondered if he had turned up £2,100.) For those who are curious, here's the story behind the valuable 2p coins in more detail: In February 1971 decimal 2p coins were introduced as legal tender, along with the half penny and one penny coins.West Midlands Police said the unnamed lorry driver was among the first motorists taken to court after the operation to protect riders from 'close passes'.He denied the charges but was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on June 30.
Unfortunately for all those who have contacted us asking whether their stack of 2p coins dating from 1971 to 1981 are worth hundreds of pounds, the answer is no.The Royal Mint explains: 'To avoid confusion between the old and new coinage all three coins had the word 'NEW' incorporated into the reverse design.This was subsequently removed in 1982.' So, all 2p coins pre-1982 should say New Pence, and all those post 1982 should say Two Pence.As part of a new operation, plain-clothed officers are cycling around Birmingham and the Black Country in a bid to snare drivers creeping too close to bikers.They are also encouraging cyclists to submit their helmet-cam footage when they believe a vehicle has passed too close to them.