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Near Miss of the Day 92: Police decline to act on close pass

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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a motorist overtaking a cyclist at speed, leaving no more than 30 centimetres of space - but despite that, police declined to take any action against the driver.

It was filmed by reader Dave Dawes, who told us: "It was on Sunday 4 February on the A6 bypass between the A5028 and John Clark Way in Rushden Northamptonshire.

"I reported it to the Force Control Room and sent them the footage, they called me back on Monday morning saying that an officer had reviewed it and '[despite it wasn't ideal distance wasn't considered to be a close pass' so no action would be taken.

"This was a high speed pass around 60 mph and I was given less than 300mm.

"I found the incident very distressing and intimidating as a vulnerable road user, as the driver showed no consideration to me at all, and drove in an aggressive manner.

"The standard of driving fell well below what would be expected of a competent driver but was not supported by the police, who do not run any #OpClosePass enforcement campaigns," he added.

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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