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Near Miss of the Day 5: Aggressive BMW driver in South London - but Met didn't act

Eric Oliphant filmed driver's “aggressive, impatient and dangerous" behaviour...

It’s coming towards the end of the first week of our new feature on Near Miss of the Day, and it’s clear from the response we’ve had that being put at risk of bodily injury or worse is sadly an all too common occurrence.

Today’s comes from Abbeville Road in Clapham, South London, and shows some shockingly aggressive driving by a motorist at the wheel of a BMW.

But when reader Eric Oliphant, who described the driver’s actions as “aggressive, impatient and dangerous,” submitted the footage to the Metropolitan Police Service via its Roadsafe website – which you could be forgiven for thinking was tailor-made for dealing with this kind of incident – he never heard back.

We understand that the Met will be launching a close pass operation similar to that initiated by West Midlands Police last year, but as yet there is no news of a start date.

Over the years 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 in to 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 Close Pass of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it us at info [at] (subject: Near%20Miss%20of%20the%20Day)  or contact us via the Facebook page.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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