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Near Miss of the Day 174 revisited: What happened next after this "super close pass" ... ?

Cyclist saw "little point" in reporting very close pass to police - but changed mind thanks to fellow readers' comments...

A reader who saw "little point" in notifying police of a very close pass changed his mind after he was encouraged to do so in comments to the video when we featured in our Near Miss of the Day series - and has been in touch to tell us what happened next.

Last August, we posted a video from the cyclist, David, of three close passes in the space of just 10 seconds as he rode through Croydon. 

> Near Miss of the Day 174: Three close passes in 10 seconds

At the time, he told us: "Three in a row through central Croydon. The last one is really close. You can see just how close it is just after he goes past.

"The camera makes it look further away than it was but it's only a few centimetres of space (and at high speed)."

David told us: "Not often I feel they're close enough to endanger me but this guy was centimetres away and going pretty quickly.

"I didn't report it (seems little point) and didn't catch him up again," he added.

Today, we received another email from David, who told us: "I thought it would be good to follow up on the result of the prosecution, which I was notified of last week.

"The owner didn't provide details of the driver and was prosecuted for that offence. They got 6 points and a £600 fine, plus £166 costs.

"It goes to show how valuable the series on is. Without the advice in the comments I wouldn't have reported this. Hopefully the punishment will give them pause for thought on the quality of their driving."

It's always good to be notified of a result, and it's also worth noting that in this instance, the fine was significantly greater than it would likely have been had the owner identified the driver - whether it was them, or someone else.

> 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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