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Near Miss of the Day 873: Impatient driver overtaking tractor close passes cyclist and narrowly avoids oncoming HGV

The motorist involved was due to appear in court but accepted a fine and penalty points

Today's Near Miss of the Day sounds like the start of a bad joke... a driver, a trucker, a farmer and a cyclist roll through the Welsh countryside...

No punchline, I'm afraid, just a near miss on two fronts — a close pass on a cyclist, and a motorist lucky to avoid a head-on collision with an HGV. 

> Near Miss of the Day 872: Close passing van driver banned for 12 months and ordered to pay over £700 in costs after narrowly missing cyclist and oncoming motorist

This footage was sent in from Wales, our reader telling us it resulted in the driver accepting a fine, plus penalty points on their licence, before the case was due in court.

It was reported to Operation SNAP after the cyclist recorded the incident on the B4302 in Carmarthenshire last September.

"At the particular section of road the incident happened, it is well sighted," the cyclist said. "When starting the overtake the driver would have clearly seen the HGV approaching. There was space to pull in behind me, but instead they chose to pass closely."

> 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

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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David9694 | 10 months ago
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drivers processing one piece of road information every 2-3 seconds 

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Bungle_52 | 10 months ago
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Do we Know the outcome of the police report?

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FrankH replied to Bungle_52 | 10 months ago
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Bungle_52 wrote:

Do we Know the outcome of the police report?

Yes.

Road.cc wrote:

This footage was sent in from Wales, our reader telling us it resulted in the driver accepting a fine, plus penalty points on their licence, before the case was due in court.

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Bungle_52 replied to FrankH | 10 months ago
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Sorry. My bad.

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Simon E | 10 months ago
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Rather similar to something I witnessed this week. I was being followed by a large tractor and decided I'd pull in to the side to let it past. Just as I had stopped an estate car pulled out from behind the tractor to overtake.

Although there was no HGV bearing down in the opposite direction there was a vehicle in sight and the driver had obviously not considered that there might be something in front of the tractor. Impatient twat.

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Sriracha | 10 months ago
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Classic case of choosing to ignore the cyclist as a relevant factor in their chance to overtake. Very similar to what went on here:
https://road.cc/content/news/near-miss-day-871-303337

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