Now and again, we receive videos for our Near Miss of the Day series in which the motorist making a close pass on a cyclist is a police driver - and that's what we have for you today, with this clip sent in by road.cc reader Mitch.
“I’d have to say that this is pretty commonplace driving at least in my corner of East Sussex,” he told us. “The only reason that I have posted it is that it is a police car.
“I have raised this on the Sussex Safer Roads ‘Operation Crackdown’ website. But apart from an auto-response, I’ve not had any further feedback. Pretty much like every other incident I’ve raised on the website.
“It may be that they were responding to an emergency but I would have appreciated some sort of answer,” Mitch added.
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.
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.