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Near Miss of the Day 84: 4x4 driver in close pass - but police take no action

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

In our latest Near Miss of the Day video, a cyclist in Leeds was subjected to a close pass by the driver of a 4x4 vehicle - but initially police took no action. That may change thanks to the persistence of the cyclist, with officers now requesting a copy of the footage.

The footage was submitted by reader Steve Watters, who was cycling along the A64 York Road in Scarcroft, Leeds.

As Steve approached a junction on the left, a motorist pulled out and turned right onto the A64.

At that very moment, the driver of the 4x4 behind Steve decided to overtake the cyclist, not only passing him with minimal room, but also leaving very little space between their vehicle and the car coming in the opposite direction.

Steve told us: "This one was reported and shown to the West Yorkshire Police but no action was taken and no copy of the video was made.

"I have formerly complained but no response.

"I have a friend cyclist who works in the police, she was able to make some phone calls and today, eventually, they have responded and requested a copy of the video."

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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