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Near Miss of the Day 61: Featuring a close pass from an Addison Lee driver

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

We’ve had a few stories about Addison Lee here on over the years – and now, one of the private hire firm’s drivers has made it into our Near Miss of the Day feature.

It took place yesterday as reader Richard Beeching headed home to south east London after a “gentle ride.”

He told us: “I’d eased off a little on seeing the squirrel, but then got back to 20mph when the driver behind beeped. 

“No room to pass safely so I held my line, as well as pointing to a 20mph speed limit sign in the road. 

“He then pretty much forced me out of primary position before braking hard at two speed bumps, putting me in real danger (especially with the first braking which was during overtaking).  

“Dangerous, impatient, ignorant, illegal. "

Richard added: “I’ve tweeted it to Addison Lee, and in fairness they replied with this: ‘Hi Richard – I will be forwarding this to our driver liaison team immediately. Thank you for bringing this to my attention’.”

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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