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Near Miss of the Day 177: Two close passes in quick succession - but no action taken against drivers

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a cyclist getting close-passed by two motorists in quick succession. The incidents were reported to the Metropolitan Police, but no action was taken against the drivers - and while the rider says he understands that the police are stretched due to cuts, he is disappointed nothing will happen.

The footage was shot on Bedfont Road,just to the south of London Heathrow Airport, by reader London Commuter, who told us: "I have so many clips of close passes from commuting in London.

"This is a clip of two close passes that happened this month. Both reported to the Met.

"Their only action is to log this information in their database. No attempt at contacting either of the two drivers.

"Even a letter to them, asking them to review the footage so they can see how dangerous their driving was would be a step in the right direction.

"I know the police are massively underfunded, and massively overstretched. They can't afford to chase every prosecution," he added.

"But it really does feel like the authorities don't have your back as a cyclist."

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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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