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Near Miss of the Day 58: Lorry driver makes VERY close pass on cyclist - and then pulls in

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day feature happened in September last year, with reader James Muehnickel sharing it with us to highlight the dangerous driving to which he had been subject.

It took place on Burnetts Lane in Horton Heath, near Eastleigh,  Hampshire, with the lorry belonging to local firm Riva South.

The driver performs a dangerous overtake of the type that will be very  familiar to many cyclists as the gap between the trailer and the rider becomes more and more narrow as he pulls in.

Shortly after the overtake, the driver turns left into the company's yard - begging the question of whether it was worth putting someone's life at risk to save a few seconds?

James contacted the company, but did not receive a reply, and the police via 101 but said they "didn't seem too interested" and he'd heard nothing back since.

Another thing the video brings to mind is the number of haulage yards that are found in rural or semi-rural locations, often with unsuitably narrow access roads - as is the case here.

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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