A motorcyclist has told how he was sent “flying” after a collision with an electric taxi on a Dundee street.
Colin Crow, 47, from Lochee, was driving near Ancrum Road Primary School when he was knocked off his bike.
Colin – who works as a porter – said he didn’t hear the vehicle which hit him. He suffered a broken collarbone and other injuries in the incident.
The driver of the taxi was fined by police.
Colin said: “I was driving down the road as normal when an electric taxi did a U-turn.
“I didn’t see or hear it coming. It just knocked me right off my bike.
“It hit the back of my bike, which threw the front of my bike into another car and I went flying and landed on the road.
“I’m in a lot of pain. I landed on my shoulder and broke my collarbone and bruised all my ribs – my left side is all banged up.
“I’ve got a sling on my arm. A collarbone can take six to twelve weeks to heal.
“I’m having to sleep in a chair because I can’t lie down or roll over.
“I’ve just got a recliner chair that I sit and try to sleep in. I don’t sleep too well.”
Colin was helped by nurses while he waited for an ambulance to arrive following the collision.
He said: “They came out and made sure I didn’t move and kept my neck still.
“The way I was lying I didn’t see anything. I didn’t see what state my bike was in. The police recovered it.”
Colin said he believes electric vehicles could pose a danger to other road users because they don’t have any engine noise.
He said: “People need to be more aware of these cars.
“I’m all for cleaning the world up but we still need to look after life.
“Teachers and carers for the elderly will need to promote the Green Cross Code more now.
“They have got to be more aware that these cars are silent. Kids will not hear them when their heads are buried in their phones.
“There could be a noise in the cars that would alert people to say there is an electric car coming.
“Because I didn’t hear this car, I didn’t even apply my brakes – it happened so fast.
“People think when you’ve got a helmet on you’re not going to hear anything but you can hear cars and you can hear people talking. They are designed for air flow. You can hear.”
A police spokesman confirmed the taxi driver received a conditional fixed penalty notice.