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Near Miss of the Day 404: Hermes driver almost delivers cyclist to A&E

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

The streets may have been quieter than usual during the lockdown,  but the close passes keep coming - this one from the driver of a Hermes van who nearly ended up delivering a cyclist to the local hospital's A&E department.

It happened on Shipborurne Road in Tonbridge, Kent. From the footage, the carriageway looks fairly narrow here, and as we so often see in our Near Miss of the Day series, the driver overtakes the cyclist as another vehicle is approaching, rather than waiting until it is safe to start the manoeuvre.

A delivery truck parked partly on the road, partly on the footway a little further along doesn't help matters either.

The footage was shot by reader Andy, who said: "Hermes delivery may be classed as key workers but do they need to make attempts to increase the numbers visiting hospital?"

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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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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