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Near Miss of the Day 119: Two incidents with the same bin lorry several months apart

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

Conrad Dalziel had two separate incidents with the same bin lorry, a few months apart. In the first, the driver pulled out on him on a roundabout. The second was a close-pass where he says he was almost taken out by the machinery on the back.

Conrad said: “In the first one I was clearly well on the roundabout when the driver kept going and glad I managed to slow down in time to avoid contact. I’m hesitant to slam my brakes on when negotiating roundabouts as I’ve had a few offs on roundabouts due to ice or spilt fuel/oil and I might have ended up under its wheels if I’d done so here.

“The second one was a really stupid move by the driver, overtaking on approach to a sharp blind corner with traffic coming in the opposite direction in the rain.

“Again, I needed to find a space to avoid the truck and the pavement on the far side of the corner. Braking and sharp turning were both inhibited by the conditions.”

Conrad reported both incidents to the council, but said he didn’t know whether they involved the same driver.

He added: “It’s difficult to make out the number plate on the second video but the council confirmed it was the same van from their GPS data when I contacted them.

“To be fair to the council, they took the situation very seriously and the drivers are noticeably more careful now – no notable incidents with bin lorries since this one.”

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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.

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> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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WillRod | 6 years ago

The first video seems like convoy menatality. Must follow my mate at all costs.

Second video is complete misjudgement and dangerous driving. Nobody should overtake heading into a corner, especially with the warning signs to show it’s a tight bend, and especially in a vehicle that can’t turn as fast as a cyclist.

They will probably blame time pressure or an invisible cyclist, saying the cyclist went up the inside despite the warning sign on the back.


Lets not forget one of these vehicles killed several people in Glasgow and got naff all against him, despite lying about his health.

madcarew | 6 years ago

“To be fair to the council, they took the situation very seriously and the drivers are noticeably more careful now – no notable incidents with bin lorries since this one.”

This seems like the best possible outcome really; a bit of education, improved performance and no lives or jobs lost.

spacedyemeerkat | 6 years ago

Veolia. That's the waste company.

Hirsute replied to spacedyemeerkat | 6 years ago

spacedyemeerkat wrote:

Veolia. That's the waste company.

Didn't see any livery to that effect.

The detail talks about the Council and they have a vested interest in sorting it out for PR and insurance reasons.


zero_trooper | 6 years ago

In both incidents the driver was ON A MISSION and not stopping for anyone! Not disimilar to the previous tractor and trailer close pass, these drivers really need to be aware how long/wide their vehicles are with regard to vulnerable road users. Hope that the council did something positive about the incidents; they at least seem to have investigated it.

DoctorFish | 6 years ago

Cool headed cyclist, especially in the second video.  Would have been easy in that situation to have squeezed the brakes, skidded off, and had a very different outcome.  The riding ability saved the cyclist.  Utter madness from the driver(s).


Paul_C | 6 years ago

'professional' drivers should be held to a higher standard and realise that if their job entails driving for a living, then they should behave themselves in order to continue driving


Taxi drivers give me problems as well... always seem to believe that their passenger has more rights than me in getting to the destination unscathed

StraelGuy | 6 years ago

Bloody hell, somebody needs to be sacked - and quickly!

schlepcycling | 6 years ago

It's not Slough, it's Windsor.

Jimmy Ray Will | 6 years ago

My understanding is that bin men and bin lorry drivers earn a premium for being in control of a potentially dangerous vehicle. Not sure they are justifying that additioanl wage there. 

jasecd | 6 years ago

Same driver or different driver it doesn't matter. Either of these incidents is enough to prove that the individual at the wheel isn't fit to drive for a living and should be prosecuted accordingly.

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