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 road.cc 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 road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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.



Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.