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Near Miss of the Day 83: White van driver in left hook and punishment pass

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

Today's entry in our Near Miss of the Day feature shows a white van driver executing a left hook on a cyclist then, shortly afterwards once the rider has got back in front of the vehicle, performing a punishment pass on him complete with horn blaring - an unnerving experience for anyone on a bike.

It was submitted by reader Jack, who filmed the footage on his commute last Wednesday at about 4.10pm.

He told us: "I give my fist a shake as I passed the driver, I suspect they weren't too pleased I got ahead by using a shared cycle path.

"I did nothing wrong, unlike the driver of the van. This is a 30mph zone, the speed and closeness he passed left no room for error, not to mention the use of the horn to add to the intimidation.

"I know I should try not to react, that's easier said than done whenever you have a couple of tons of metal threatening your safety!"

Jack added: "I never reported to Police as in my in experience, this would be a waste of my time! I would hate to see someone hurt from this type of unacceptable behaviour."

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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