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Near Miss of the Day 6: Lorry driver in "homicidal close pass"

"I Iooked round and thought this was my last ride," says cyclist James Johnston - but police took no action...

Any close pass is unnerving for the cyclist concerned, but such incidents are particularly shocking when a large vehicle such as a bus or lorry is involved, such as this one filmed on the B4115 in Warwickshire in February by reader James Johnston. 

James flagged up the video to us as part of our Near Miss of the Day feature, and in the description of the video on YouTube, he said: "I Iooked round and thought this was my last ride."

You can see why. It's a narrow road - the lorry takes up the entire width of one lane - but instead of moving across as far to the right as possible to allow for a safe overtake, the driver squeezes past James with inches to spare.

The incident, which happened near Finham on the southern outskirts of Coventry, was reported to Warwickshire Police via West Midlands Police .

But James said that the force replied to him "well outside the period where a NIP [Notice of Intended Prosecution] could be served because they 'couldn't watch the video'.

"I emailed a link to this video to the person dealing with this so they could watch the video, I have heard nothing since," he added.

Officers from Warwickshire Police attended a training session held by West Midlands Police on its highly acclaimed close pass operation in January, and said afterwards it was considering implementing the initiative  on the roads it polices.

More recently, it was among the forces to confirm interest to Cycling UK about the close pass mats the charity sourced after a successful fundraising drive.

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 user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it us at info [at] or contact us via the Facebook page.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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