Near Miss of the Day 158: Bus company apologises for driver’s punishment pass

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a bus driver making a ‘punishment pass’ at a cyclist, who subsequently received an apology from the company that operates the vehicle.

The incident happened in Burnley, Lancashire and the reader who sent in the footage, Phillip, told us: “Recently I was overtaken by a bus at speed on a wide road with nothing coming the other way so no need to be so close. 

“My bike is a  20kg e-bike and is not usually upset by passing vehicles so I wonder what would happen were I on a super light bike?

“I sent the video to the Burnley bus company with a polite note asking them to show their drivers what happens from the cyclists point of view and received an apology so I’m happy they are taking it on board,” he added.

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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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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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