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Near Miss of the Day 418: Dangerous overtake by Howdens Joinery lorry driver

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

One thing you really don’t want when you’re out on your bike is an impatient lorry driver beeping their horn as they overtake you, then pulling in too soon, as happened to one reader in Cambridgeshire last week. And to add to the frustration at the close pass, he was told by police to whom he submitted the footage that he would not be informed of what, if any, action they would take against the driver.

Despite the date on the video camera having reset to 2017, the footage was actually filmed last Wednesday morning by reader Scott, who was out for a ride on the A1307 south east of Cambridge.

He told us: “This character in his Howdens Joinery truck was not happy having to have sat behind a bike I guess ... petulant swing of trailer back into the lane narrowly missing the kerb (and me) despite lack of oncoming traffic deserves some merit.”

Scott submitted the footage to Cambridgeshire Constabulary and in the email he received he was told to remove it from social media and that “I wouldn't be being informed of outcomes of any investigation should they proceed!

“So on that less than satisfactory note I'm happy for you guys to link to it and publicise the hell out of this crappy behaviour,” he added.

> 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.

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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