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Near Miss of the Day 122: Driver undertakes while turning right

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country - today it's Reading...

Today’s near miss features a scarcely believable manoeuvre in which a driver undertakes a cyclist while both are turning right. Technically, this isn’t even a near miss because the motorist hit the cyclist’s handlebars.

The incident occurred on January 11 and the driver is said to have driven off again after the cyclist caught up a little further down the road.

The video uploader writes: “The driver was reported to the Thames Valley Police who interviewed her. As expected, she claimed she did not know a collision had occurred. Her excuse for making off a second time was that she was very frightened as she had been the victim of a ‘targeted attack’ the week previously by an unknown person.

“She did not place any blame whatsoever on the cyclist and was extremely apologetic. The driver could have been prosecuted for careless driving, if not dangerous driving, but instead, having accepted fault, was allowed to attend a Driver Alertness Course of one day's duration at her own expense on 28/03/18.

“Should the driver be reported for a similar incident within the next three years, the police would ordinarily refer the matter for automatic prosecution. There was no injury and the only damage was to the bar tape of the bicycle. You can see the mark left on the wheel arch of the rear door in the slow motion sequence.”

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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.

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.

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