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Near Miss of the Day 477: Yellow taxi driver in close pass (video includes swearing)

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series comes from reader who decided to invest in Cycliq cameras for his bike last Christmas following a succession of close calls.

"Within three weeks of using them, I had four close pass incidents, two of which I did not report as I viewed them as unintentional," Scott told us.

The other two, he did report to Police Scotland, telling us, "as in my view the drivers undertook their manoeuvres quite intentionally regardless of my presence.

"Thankfully, I have sufficient experience and road awareness that I anticipated and avoided any collision.

"In both cases, local officers viewed the footage of these incidents and stated they felt there was potentially breached of Section 3 of the RTA, so the cases were passed to the local offices to the incidents.

"Needless to say, Police Scotland said neither breached on criminality as I had not had to alter my direction of travel and there was no collision which seems to me to be a rather dangerous threshold.

"The fact that the taxi driver is a licensed operative and had a passenger in his vehicle defies belief, as after my highlighting his closeness, he proceed to drive alongside me with his window down to give abuse and within 1m of me. Police Scotland felt I had “given a good account” of myself as if, in some way, this was justification.

I was 'encouraged' to report and provide any footage of further incidents however, given the complete waste of time, I don’t think I’ll bother," Scott continued.

"My MP’s response was beyond weak ...  'He will note my comments' ... Scott 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 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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