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Near Miss of the Day 518: Close pass and left hook

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

It's an ultra-short clip in today's Near Miss of the Day video, coming in at just 12 seconds, but it manages to pack in two pieces of shockingly poor driving from one driver who first makes a very close pass on a cyclist then immediately turns left across him into a supermarket car park.

John, the reader who sent in the video, told us: "A great start to the new year, full of optimism for the future I thought that I would take advantage of a crisp winter afternoon and take my new bike for a spin around Doncaster, obviously the driver is desperate to top up their festive spirit as they not only give me a close pass but then follow it up with a left hook into the supermarket, amazingly I managed not to swear. To their credit, the use of the indicator was a great help. 

"The vehicle MA05 MUE is currently registered as SORN [ie the registered keeper has filed a Statutory Off Road Notification - Ed] so not only is the driver inconsiderate but also using the vehicle illegally. All details have been passed to South Yorkshire Police, let’s see if they are a bit more proactive than the last time," John added.

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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 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.

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