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Near Miss of the Day 232: A festive foursome with one video resulting in driver being fined (includes strong language)

Our regular feature of close passes from around the country - today it's London...

Today's entry in our Near Miss of the Day series features four videos sent in by a cyclist who invested in an action camera - with the first (shown above) landing the motorist with a £100 fine.

The were submitted by reader Nick, who told us: "My old front light was no longer holding a charge so I recently bought the new Cycliq front-light and camera, and have it centrally mounted on my handle-bars.

"I’ve been cycle-commuting for over 18 months now and cycle about 18 miles each way into work - most journeys are pretty uneventful, however I’m pretty certain that before I got the camera I didn’t have this many near misses, especially over a couple of months!"

The first two videos were both submitted to the police, so have 2 minutes either side of the incidents themselves.

Nick said that the first video (shown above) "is the most shocking event, I recently heard that the driver was fined £100 and 3 points on their licence."

For the second one, he told us: "Even my wife went ‘meh’ at this one. I did think long and hard about whether to report it, but decided that cab-drivers really should be told that a lazy drift across the traffic lanes isn’t really acceptable.

"The police felt that there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant a conviction, but the driver was sent a letter.

"These next two I didn’t report, but still qualify as near-misses," he continued.

"Clueless pedestrians, [@01:05] I didn’t stop as the lane is quite narrow and there was no shouting after me. The traffic isn’t normally that heavy, but I’ll admit I was pretty assertive filtering through the traffic.

"Dangerous undertake, I couldn’t make out the number plate, so it’s not been reported. I’ve asked for the Cycliq rear-camera for Xmas, so hopefully I’ll be able to get a clearer view if this happens again."

Let's hope Santa's reading.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

> 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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