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Near Miss of the Day 102: Trailer-towing tractor driver in close pass

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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a tractor driver, towing a trailer, overtaking a cyclist - and giving him very little room as he passed.

It's not the first time we've featured a tractor in the series - remember this one from July last year?

As in that video, the first thought of the cyclist in the latest one was to get out of the way - only there was nowhere for him to go.

It was submitted by road.cc reader Jon Tonkinson, who told us: "I could hear the tractor behind me for some distance.

"I couldn't move to let him pass as there was not a footpath.

"It happened in Teddesley Road, Penkridge, Staffordshire

"I haven't reported the incident to the police as without a vehicle registration number they will not be able to take any action," 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.

Simon joined road.cc 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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