Today’s Near Miss of the Day features two videos submitted by road.cc reader John Hawkins, who lives in New South Wales.
The first (shown above) took place in 2016 on John’s birthday, shortly after the state began a trial of a safe passing distance law, set at 1 metre on roads with a speed limit of 60 kilometres an hour or less, and 1.5 metres on roads with a higher speed limit.
It’s not a birthday present any cyclist would welcome, although John, who submitted his video to the police, told us: “I believe this is the first successful prosecution from private footage” in New South Wales.
“A few months later, another,” John continued.
“This time a deliberate scare where the driver high-beamed me first.
“Unfortunately it took a lot of persistence and follow-up to get over the line with just a few days to spare before the 6-month time limit expired.
“Sadly, that seems to become a common pattern for every submission I've made since.”
In his description of the video on YouTube, John said: “I've seen this guy before, and he did exactly the same thing.
“After almost four months of wrangling with police and following up, a traffic infringement was issued on 22 December 2016.
“The offender said ‘I thought I left enough room’.
“The traffic sergeant was of the view he deliberately tried to give me a fright.
Kudos to the traffic section at my local area command for doing the right thing when I escalated to them the mistakes of the initial investigation, and my apologies for my lack of trust.
“”I now feel safer travelling through this area on my evening commute.”
John has since written a blog post in which he outlines the law as it applies in New South Wales and shares tips on how to get police to act. It’s worth a read, wherever you live.
Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.
If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.
If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).
Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.