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Near Miss of the Day 602: Two close passes in 30 seconds

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

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."

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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.

> 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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