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Near Miss of the Day 507: Driver of rental van overtakes car and two cyclists despite oncoming vehicle

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

Today’s gung-ho overtake of a car and two cyclists only seems more and more ludicrous the more times you watch it.

The incident occurred near Mobberley in Cheshire on November 27.

The driver of a rental van moves onto the opposite side of the road to overtake a car, then continues past the two cyclists.

This manoeuvre is carried out despite the presence of a very large, extremely visible, oncoming vehicle which causes the driver to cut back in near the leading cyclist.

Watch the footage again and you can see that the van driver travelling in the opposite direction doesn’t merely stop, but does so hard up against the verge to avoid a collision.

The video was submitted by Ant, who reported the incident to Cheshire Police.

The force told him it would be taking “further action”.

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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.

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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

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