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Near Miss of the Day 843: Cyclist on receiving end of "one of the fastest close passes I have ever experienced" on busy urban street

The Nottingham driver was travelling too fast for the rider's camera to get a clear shot of the number plate...

Perhaps we should have added some extra advice to our latest feature on what to do if you capture a near miss, close pass or collision on camera while cycling... perhaps something like: cross your fingers the vehicle is not being driven too fast for their number plate to be visible.

That's the situation reader Samuel found himself in after this high-speed close pass in Nottingham back in November.

He optimistically "reported it to the police through 101" in the hope that CCTV might be checked, but has not heard anything back other than being given a reference number.

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Samuel recalled the events of the 30th November, at around 22:26 (the time is out on the video) to us, explaining how "a driver went too close to me and I think it was one of the fastest I have ever experienced".

"It took my breath away," he said. "Sadly, the driver was going so fast that my Cycliq 6 was unable to record a clear shot of the number plate despite pausing at numerous frames. I have reported it to the police through 101 and I was given a reference number. 

"They didn't report it as a crime as the driver is not identifiable. I reported it in the hope that they will be able to check CCTV. I am guessing that if a police officer warrants it being reported as one, they will get back in contact.

"Will they actively go to all means to identify the driver? Or will this be another road crime swept under the carpet?" 

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 — Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years 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] or send us a message via the 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.

> Here's what to do if you capture a near miss, close pass or collision on camera while cycling

Dan joined 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, 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.

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