Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day Series proved to be a frustrating experience for the road.cc reader who filmed it – with police telling him they were unable to pursue the driver because they hadn’t received the footage, despite him having earlier received an email from them confirming that they had.
The deliberate close pass by a taxi belonging to MMA Transfers happened on the A57 by Ladybower Reservoir in August last year.
It was filmed by road.cc reader Andy, who told us: “I submitted the footage to Derbyshire Police by their online reporting facility and received an automated reply to say it had been received.”
He said that in December, he chased up police on the case “having heard nothing only to be told they hadn’t received the video.
“Being outside the window for issuing a Notice of Intended Prosecution it’s now pointless pursuing,” he continued. “I’ve put in a complaint to Derbyshire Police.”
Andy added: “As you see in the video a safe pass could have been made as other drivers did before and after but this ‘professional’ driver chose to intimidate and endanger two people for reasons only known to them.”
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 has been news editor at road.cc 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.