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Near Miss of the Day 372: Van driver attempts to turn left through cyclist – UPDATED

Video contains strong language

The rear view of this near miss is the clearest and most damning. A van driver approaches a cyclist from behind, pulls alongside him and then… starts to turn left.

The incident occurred on February 6 around 6.30am at the M6 junction at Bamber Bridge near Preston on the A6 going north.

Jon points out that as it is on a motorway junction, “I can't go where he is trying to push me.”

In the YouTube description, he writes: “I don't normally get worried too much by close passes, but you can tell by my language this one got to me – and he was giving me verbal and sounding his horn as well.”

He adds: “I knew he was close but on doing this video, he was within inches of my back wheel.”

Jon’s been trying to identify the company, but hasn’t had any luck and so he’s not reported the incident yet.

He is however going to the police station next week for another video, “so I may tell them, but I don't hold much hope of them doing anything.”

Although Jon has been unable to identify the company since publication of this story has been contacted by someone claiming to be the owner of Excel Ceramics to say that the vehicle in the video is no longer owned by the company and hadn't been "for many months", they also suggested they would be considering legal action if does 't take the video down. We've asked if they can help Jon (and hopefully the police) by letting us know who the new owner is, we will pass that information on to Jon if we get it.

> 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

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