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Near Miss of the Day 611: A shockingly dangerous overtake by van driver on wrong side of the road as cyclists turn right

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

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows an astonishingly dangerous overtake of a group of cyclists who are turning right off an A-road in Hampshire when a van driver on the wrong side of the road goes past them – fortunately, with no vehicles waiting at the junction they are turning into, and no motorists coming from the opposite direction.

The footage was filmed on the A287 Farnham Road at the junction with Chalky Lane, which leads to the village of Dogmersfield near Fleet, last Thursday evening by road.cc reader Peter, who told us that “It’s the weirdest and most potentially dangerous one I have been involved in as a cyclist.

“The police have asked for the original video which I have given to them now. Heard nothing since Friday.”

Here’s an image from Google Street View from where the cyclist’s were waiting to turn right, and looking back down the road in the direction the van driver came from.

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And one particularly chilling thing here, is if as a cyclist you have moved to the middle of a road with this kind of layout to turn off it, after checking there is no traffic approaching from the front, and none coming from the side road, can you say hand on heart that you would then always check over your shoulder for a driver making this kind of manoeuvre? If not, we doubt that belated toot on the horn would have helped.

The vehicle is in the livery of telecommunications contractor Kelly Group, and Peter has lodged a complaint with the company, who replied to him yesterday asking for more details, although he has heard nothing further since then.

“A group of cyclists with myself leading were trying to turn right off the A287 (heading towards Odiham) on to Chalky Lane when your van (HJ17 KAX) committed to a dangerous overtake,” Peter told the company.

“He was so committed to over taking us that he had to use the slip road to Chalky Lane to complete it. Luckily no cars were waiting at the end of Chalky Lane, coming in the other direction on A287 or hitting me (or the other cyclists) during the dangerous overtake.

“One of the most dangerous overtakes I have been involved in as a cyclist which could have led to me being injured or worse.”

Peter added: “What’s ironic is looking at Kelly Group’s Facebook page they talk about having an elite drivers’ scheme and taking safety seriously.”

> 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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