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Near Miss of the Day 381: Overtaking van driver almost hits cyclist head-on

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

Today's submission in our Near Miss of the Day feature is a real heart-stopper. A close pass when you're being overtaking on your bike is one thing, but when a vehicle is speeding towards you on the wrong side of the road is something else entirely.

It happened in May last year near Eastfield, North Lanarkshire to reader Dan.

There's no way of knowing whether the driver overtaking another van at speed simply didn't see the cyclist before it was too late to abandon the passing manoeuvre, or whether they did see him and misjudged how long it would take them to pass.

Whichever it is, the result is one of the most frightening near misses we have seen since we've been running the feature.

Dan told us: "I contacted the police and shared this video and snapshots clearly showing the company of the van and registration. The driver got fined £200 and 3 points."

That's the same fine, and half as many points, as a driver would get for using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel. It doesn't seem much for being inches away from a collision that may well have ended someone's life.

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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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