It's a long-standing fact of life as a cyclist reporting video footage of close passes and other dangerous driving that the luck of the draw — which police force's jurisdiction an offence happens under — can greatly impact if you'll be ignored, hear of a warning letter or that your footage led to tougher action.
Today's Near Miss of the Day comes from Greater Manchester, but only just. The road.cc reader who submitted this clip has had far greater luck getting justice for the dangerous driving they have experienced over the border in Lancashire.
No such punishment here, not even a warning letter, an outcome the reader told us was particularly "disappointing" as they "know for a fact" had it happened a couple of hundred metres away, across the border, it would have been a different story.
"I experienced this dangerous close pass cycling up Scout Road in Bolton," the reader recalled.
"I promptly sent it off to GMP through their awful reporting system only to hear that no further action was to be taken due to staffing issues.
"I'd done half the work for them so I'm really sad and disappointed that not even a warning letter was sent to the driver. I know for a fact that Lancashire Constabulary would've acted if I was across the border, which is literally at the bottom of the road I was on."
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.
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.