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Near Miss of the Day 710: Double close pass, blaring horns, and dangerous manoeuvre by van driver… but careless driving charges dropped for both motorists

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

Despite road.cc reader Andy describing this double close pass as “probably the worst case I've been involved with yet”, both motorists saw charges of careless driving against them dropped.

The footage, taken in January 2020 (ah, the fast pace of the law), shows the cyclist filtering through traffic on a dark and miserably wet night in Glasgow.

Andy then turns right at the lights onto the Barrhead Road, where he is soon greeted with a long blast of a car horn, a close pass from a 4x4 and a particularly frightening manoeuvre by a van driver.

“I've only just found out the result after chasing up the Procurator Fiscal,” Andy told road.cc.

“Despite the police actually doing a good job here and charging both drivers with Careless Driving, the PF have thrown it out as No Further Action.

“No idea why, as it's probably the worst case I've been involved with yet.”

> 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

Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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