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Near Miss of the Day 133: Breakfast-eating close pass driver fined

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

We’ve featured breakfast-eating motorists from across the UK here on before – here’s one showing a Maserati driver in Glasgow, while this one happened in Hampton Court – and now another one makes it into our Near Miss of the Day series, with the driver concerned receiving a fine after being caught munching on film by a cyclist on whom he had just made a close pass.

The footage was shot last September in Jubilee Way, Chessington, by reader Mitch, who reported the motorist to the Metropolitan Police Service and has now received a letter from them detailing the outcome of proceedings at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.

The driver was found guilty of driving without reasonable consideration as well as not being in a position to have proper control, and was fined £134 plus £130 costs and had his licence endorsed with three penalty points.

A bit of an expensive breakfast, that … although at least he avoided porridge.

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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 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] (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.

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

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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