Back in October, we featured a video in our Near Miss of the Day series that road.cc reader Andrew, who submitted it, described as “just a normal 40-minute commute” and which contained a number of near misses – the first of them a very close pass by a tanker driver.
Andrew said at the time, “I could've touched the rear of the trailer it was that close. I felt the draft sucking me in.”
He sent the video in to Leicestershire Police, and now he’s updated us with their response.
“Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole told me that next year Leicestershire Police will be introducing an online portal to report these incidents, with supporting video evidence.
“After initially dismissing my video it was reviewed again, but dismissed as an acceptable pass.”
Andrew, who posted the full police response on Twitter, added: “I’m not sure the cycling community would see it as acceptable.”
Take a look at the footage above – and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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.
Simon joined road.cc 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.