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Near Miss of the Day 579: Bus driver overtakes cyclist into oncoming traffic (includes swearing)

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

The incident shown in today's Near Miss of the Day video resulted in action being taken against a bus driver who overtook a cyclist despite oncoming traffic, even though licence plate details could not be identified from the clip.

The footage was shot last year by road.cc reader Robert who told us he had submitted it to Devon & Cornwall Police via their Operation Snap.

He said the force "took action against the driver (probably fixed penalty notice) - even though the registration number could not be seen in the footage, they used the unique identifying number on the bus and time of day to track down the offending driver."

We know from the experience of some road.cc readers that some other forces may not have gone the extra yards to identify the vehicle, if they'd decided to take any action in the first place, so credit where it is due on this occasion.

> 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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