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Near Miss of the Day 47: Driver overtakes group of cyclists round blind bend

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Surrey

Today’s near miss, which took place in July near Charlwood in Surrey, sees a motorist for some reason choose to pass a group of cyclists on a blind bend.

Paul, who sent us the footage, told an all-too-familiar tale about his efforts to report the incident.

“A witness statement was sent to the police with a YouTube link to the incident. They didn’t seem interested, to be honest.

“First they said there was no evidence. When I pointed out the YouTube link, they said they cannot view online video footage and wanted a CD sent to them, which I didn’t do as I got the impression they wouldn’t do anything and were just making it difficult for me to report.”

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 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] or send us a message via the 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.

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