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Near Miss of the Day 270: Close pass ... by a neighbour (includes swearing)

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Scotland...

Unless it ends up in court, typically the cyclist on the receiving end of a close pass will never find out who the driver was who put them in danger – not so in the latest submission to our Near Miss of the Day series from reader Ali, however, since the motorist turned out to be … his neighbour.

“This is by no means the closest pass I've ever had but you certainly notice it when a tank-sized BMW passes without leaving much space,” Ali told us.

“Even more noticeable about these ‘LOOK AT ME’ vehicles is that they are instantly recognisable.

“In this case, the BMW belongs to my neighbour.

“I wonder how he'd feel explaining to my family that a couple of seconds of his life were more important than the rest of mine.

“It just takes one slip, one pothole, one drain,” he added. “I should take primary more often.”

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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.

> 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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