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Near Miss of the Day 63: A "Look mum, no hands" bus driver

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

One thing a rear-mounted action camera is useful for is capturing something that it would otherwise have been impossible for you to see while riding your bike.

We can only imagine reader Adam's shock when he reviewed the above footage and discovered that the driver of a bus behind him in Crawley had taken both hands off the steering wheel - as she gesticulated at her colleague passing in the opposite direction 

Moreover, the Metrobus driver then overtook Adam leaving what he estimates to be no more than 10 centimetres of space - a fifteenth of that which police forces across the country are recommending in their close pass operations - before pulling in on the left,

Adam doesn't mention it in his text comments to the video, but the driver of that HGV illegally parked halfway on the footway and halfway in the bus lane doesn't help the situation either.

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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