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Near Miss of the Day 54: Impatient driver overtakes cyclist in bus lane

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s all happening in the bus lane on London's New Kent Road...

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series features an impatient driver who, after (illegally) following a cyclist along a bus lane in a major road in London, sticks his foot down and overtakes the rider, leaving him very little space.

The incident happened earlier this week on New Kent Road between the Bricklayers’ Arms roundabout and Elephant & Castle and was submitted by reader Paul Smith. Skip forward to 8 minutes 10 seconds for the relevant part of the video.

“I get loads of close passes every week but this one stood out as he was in the bus lane and shot past me really close, so decided to check it,” said Paul.

“It's only once I saw the video when i checked it when i got to work that i realised how far he'd driven in the bus lane.

“I thought he'd probably just pulled out from a side road and then close passed to get in to traffic, but no...”

Paul told us that he decided against confronting the motorist.

“There were two guys in the car but couldn't see their faces when pulled up at the next set of pedestrian lights as their windows were too tinted.

“Got the impression they were not the type of chaps i would want to confront or shout at though – just a feeling, but having cycled in London for close to ten years now, you do get a feel for things.

“Not reported it yet and not sure if I will TBH,” Paul added.

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 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.

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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bikeman01 | 6 years ago
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Looks like you have evidence of an untaxed vehicle driving in a bus lane. Send it to the cops but expect them to say 'insufficient evidence'.

HLaB | 6 years ago
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Lol, note to self check out the title (@8.10) before watchin the video 

On a serious note that was shocking 

balmybaldwin | 6 years ago
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Showing as insured on MID.... doesn't mean it isn't cloned tho

OldRidgeback replied to balmybaldwin | 6 years ago

balmybaldwin wrote:

Showing as insured on MID.... doesn't mean it isn't cloned tho


If it's untaxed, then that means it isn't insured I think, even if the owners does have a current policy. Tax and MOT are a requirement of the insurance cover.

Crippledbiker | 6 years ago

The car isn't taxed...might not be properly insured, either.

I'd report it.

kil0ran replied to Crippledbiker | 6 years ago

Crippledbiker wrote:

The car isn't taxed...might not be properly insured, either. I'd report it. BG12 BJV

Add in the illegal tints and bus lane infringement. Probably nicked or cloned.

Daveyraveygravey | 6 years ago

I'm with OldRidgeback, you should report it.  What's the point of having a camera if you don't use the footage?  

alansmurphy | 6 years ago

The driving from the first second the car is in the video is ridiculous, short of having a heart attack victim in the car there's no excuse, nearly takes out the motorbike looking for the quickest route through. If you'd been a couple of feet over it would have bullied you to make the gap or even hit you.


It's a busy road and no way to tell but if you look at 20 seconds there's a similar car in the side street behind the white van. Given the number of cars you've passed if this is them then they obviously make a lot of time putting peoples lives at risk. I can't believe you can travel that far illegally down a busy road and not be spotted and punished!


OldRidgeback | 6 years ago

Send it to the cops. The driver missed you on this occasion but will probably do it again to someone else and put them at risk too. It's of note as well that there is a correlation between driving offences and criminal behaviour. There's a decent chance that this driver may have some previous for traffic offences, as well as for other offences. It's really easy to report stuff like this and as you have the registration number in plain view on the video, tracing the driver will not be hard.


This isn't just about you. It's for the safety of other road users too, and not just cyclists, but pedestrians, motorcyclists and even other vehicle drivers.

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