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Near Miss of the Day 151: Lorry driver in close pass on cyclist despite oncoming traffic

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows some very poor, not to mention dangerous driving by a lorry driver working for DHL Tradeteam, which supplies drinks to the licensed trade.

Shot in Colchester, Essex by reader Jeffery, it shows the driver overtaking a cyclist with minimal space between them, despite the fact that both are approaching a roundabout.

What’s more, the manoeuvre forces the driver of an oncoming car to brake to avoid being hit head-on by the lorry, whose driver has thereby not just put the cyclist at risk, but also the motorist in that car.

DHL replied to Jeffery’s tweet this morning.

It’s the second very close overtake of a cyclist by a lorry driver, despite oncoming traffic, that we’ve seen this week – yesterday this one, from Charlton in the Royal Borough of Greenwich was featured on our live blog.

Last week, the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists held a die-in and vigil outside Greenwich Council’s offices in Woolwich after two cyclists were killed in collisions involving lorries in the borough during May.

Simon joined 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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