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Near Miss of the Day 89: Tailgating driver leans on horn before close pass – and gets prosecuted

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

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day feature shows a motorist tailgating a cyclist in south west London, using his horn several times, before making a close pass on the rider. The incident was reported to police and resulted in a successful prosecution.

It happened on 26 June last year on Bushey Road, Raynes Park, which runs between New Malden and Wimbledon.

The incident was filmed by reader Mitch Spears, who told us: “I reported it to the Met Police via their online reporting service on the same day.

“Three days later I received a response saying an investigation had been opened.

“I didn't hear anything until 6 December when I received an email to say the driver was being prosecuted for ‘Driving without reasonable consideration to other users’.

"On 25 January 2018, I found out the court proceedings had completed.”

The driver was fined £220 plus £130 costs and had his driving licence endorsed with three penalty points.

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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