Near Miss of the Day 310: Cyclists get punishment pass

Our regular series featuring near misses from across the country - today it's West Lothian...

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows two cyclists in Scotland being subjected to a punishment pass by a motorist in West Lothian, Scotland.

The incident on Sunday has filmed by reader Oldfatgit, who is still recovering from an incident that left him with serious injuries and has not ridden on his own since.

He saisd: "Myself and another club member were riding two abreast on Whitburn Road, Bathgate, and at around 0811 we were subjected to a punishment pass by the silver car.

"I am recovering from multiple broken bones, including a shattered knee, after being hit by a car driver on my way home from work in August last year – I appreciate that the silver car driver does not know this, but it’s still a shake to the confidence and a cause of worry.

"Following the accident, I’ve not been able to ride solo, and things like this only make it less likely that I will ride solo again."

He added: "This was not reported to Police Scotland – because I did not change my path or speed as a result of the pass, Police Scotland are not interested in ‘close-pass’ reports from cyclists."

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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.

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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