UPDATED: Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that while its Operation snap portal is being updated (see below), cycists can still report incidents to it online. A spokesperson for the force told road.cc: “Due to an upgrade to our processes which is under development, the website has been temporarily out of action to allow these works to be conducted. In the meantime incidents can still be reported on the Hampshire Constabulary website."
A cyclist who had two close passes in the space of 30 seconds has been unable to upload the footage to Hampshire Constabulary, with its Operation Snap portal not currently accepting submissions.
Tom, the road.cc reader who captured the footage said: “I was cycling into Botley in Hampshire. I'd positioned myself about a metre out from the kerb, which can discourage dangerous overtakes, but not this time.
“I noticed the HGV behind me accelerate and pull out, there was a car coming the other way so I braked and pulled into the gutter. If I'd maintained my original speed and position I'm pretty sure the HGV would have hit either me or the oncoming car.
“I was still a little shaken up from that, when the white car behind squeezed passed me. I didn't have a chance to react to that.
“I tried reporting these via the Hants SNAP portal, but it's no longer accepting submissions,” Tom added. “I've contacted Hampshire PCC to ask why the portal is unavailable, but I haven't had a response yet.”
We’ve contacted Hampshire Constabulary to ask them why the upload service is currently unavailable and when it might be restored, and will update this article with their reply once we receive 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.
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.