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Near Miss of the Day 576: Close pass driver faces disciplinary action (video includes swearing)

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

The driver responsible for this very close pass preceded by a toot on his horn is facing disciplinary action from his employers after the cyclist on the receiving end sent him footage of the incident plus a subsequent exchange with him.

Jayme, the road.cc reader who filmed the clip, told us: “I sent it off to Avon and Somerset Police, as well as the company (IDVerde).

“A&S came back with the usual ‘the driver has been issued with a warning letter or NIP’ [Notice of Intended Prosecution’.

“In addition to the close pass video, I sent an additional video to the driver's company of an interaction I had with him a bit further up the road.

“He had parked in a lay-by about a mile or two down the road, so I approached him and asked if he thought his pass was acceptable.

“Let's just say he didn't think he did anything wrong and used a few colourful words to describe me,” Jayme added.

“The area manager was very apologetic about this driver's behaviour and after an internal investigation, the matter was going to a disciplinary hearing.”

> 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 has been news editor at road.cc 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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