Near Miss of the Day 59: Starring a sandwich-eating van driver

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

We all like to grab a quick snack when we're feeling peckish, but there's a time and a place for it - and that time and place is most certainly not when driving a van.

But that's exactly what reader Mario Orsi captured on film yesterday morning during his commute in North Bristol.

Mario tweeted us footage of the close-pass incident on Little Stoke Lane, copying in Avon & Somerset Police.

We've posted stories on before about motorists filmed munching away at the wheel, such as a man behind the wheel of a Maserati in Glasgow who was enjoying some breakfast cereal.

> Video: Cereal offender filmed eating breakfast while driving Maserati

He subsequently pleaded guilty to careless driving and copped a £150 fine - an expensive bowl of cereal, though with the car having a price tag around 90 grand, a punishment unlikely to have led to destitution on the offender's part.

Breakfast cereal was also the food of choice for a woman caught spoon-handed on camera near Hampton Court and who subsequently handed herself into police.

> Video: Woman caught eating a bowl of cereal while driving

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 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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