Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Near Miss of the Day 475: Uphill overtake into oncoming traffic (includes swearing)

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

The reader who was on the receiving end of this uphill close pass into oncoming traffic judged the standard of driving poor enough that he submitted it to Avon & Somerset Police, who agreed - he received an email saying a warning letter/fixed penalty/prosecution had been issued, although they did not specify which one.

"I thought it was worth highlighting that if you make the effort, the police do take action," said Adrian, who sent in the clip.

"After a number of near misses I started riding, primarily when I'm solo, with cameras a few years ago for the usual reasons, and getting angry with drivers could lead to further trouble. 

"I was travelling west up Hassage Hill on the A420 just after leaving Wick in the 40mph zone around 1730; I wouldn't normally go up there as it was commuting time and the road was busy, but I hadn't been concentrating on my route and it was the only sensible way to get back on track. 

"A close pass at 40mph with a car travelling the other way definitely breached my threshold for submitting evidence so I cracked on and filled in the on-line form; there's a degree of hassle getting the evidence prepared (2 min either side of the incident) but the police did take action. 

"The irony was that I caught up and overtook the vehicle in the long queue to the Bath Rd roundabout so they achieved nothing. 

"I was concentrating on filtering in the traffic so didn't even consider remonstrating with the driver; the advantages of cameras is that it's completely unnecessary and avoids an angry motorist escalating the situation," 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.

> 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.

Latest Comments