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Near Miss of the Day 523: Tipper truck driver pulls out in front of lorry and cyclist

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

It's a nasty one in our Near Miss of the Day series today, as a tipper truck driver takes the oppotunity of a right-turning driver to not only put a cyclist in danger, but also a lorry driver coming from the other direction to slow down to avoid a collision.

Jeff, the road.cc reader who sent us the footage, said:  “I do believe the driver saw me, he was high in his cab, I was wearing bright orange hi viz, white helmet, fixed and flashing light front and rear,” Jeff told us.

“I believe that I took all reasonable steps to make myself visible, I was shaken by how close the HGV , a professional driver came to having a incident, particularly with the oncoming HGV, he saw a gap and bullied his way out without thinking or caring or the consequences,” he said.

“I didn’t report it to the police, I couldn’t clearly make out the registration number,” he added.

“However, I spoke with the director of the company who viewed the footage and was going to take internal action.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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 road.cc 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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