Near Miss of the Day 393: White van man in close pass (includes swearing)

Our regular series showing close passes from around the country - today it's West Yorkshire ...

Perhaps unsurprisingly we've seen a bit of a lull in submissions to our Near Miss of the Day feature over the past week or so - but here's one that landed in our inbox today that dates back to last October and where the cyclist has just heard back from the police.

It was sent to us by reader Andy, who told us: "White van man close passed me in Menston West Yorkshire, luckily the muddy site entrance gave me a little room to manoeuvre, apologies for the language.


"The driver was on his phone and failed to stopped at the red light at the crossing because from the look in his mirror he knew I was going to have words with him if he stopped.

"This near miss was in October last year I heard today from the Police, who said 'the driver pleaded guilty by post, the case was withdrawn as they were disqualified from driving a few days later' for other offences, so at least in theory he isn’t still driving for a living."

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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.

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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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