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Near Miss of the Day 883: Lorry driver shoves cyclist off the road, but police cannot do anything as the truck is registered in the Netherlands

"It blows my mind that foreign drivers can risk people's lives and have no repercussions"...

Close passes made by a driver behind the wheel of any vehicle can be frightening, but ones made by drivers of lorries are particularly noticeable because of the large size and wheelbase. The driver of this lorry decided to pass so fast and so close to the cyclist that she was forced off the road, however having the truck registered in a different country turned out to be a cheat code as the police "couldn't do anything".

Holly was riding her bike on the A388 in Hatt, just a few miles north-west of Plymouth when she passed by the driver in the articulated lorry. The driver even uses a little horn right when they are passing the cyclist, making the already risky close-pass even more frightening.

Despite dangerously wobbling, she managed to steady herself, but not before having been completely forced off the white line marking the road. She told road.cc that she was travelling at approximately 20mph, the visibility was good and she was also wearing hi-vis clothing.

She went on to report the incident on the same day that it happened, including the name of the haulier firm, the company's email address, and also its physical address in the Netherlands.

After a couple of weeks, she received a call from the police force, but it turned out to be regarding a different close pass case. In the call, she brought up the issue, mentioning that no action had been taken so far on the lorry driver's close pass, to which they replied that they would contact the company and try to "clearly see who the vehicle belonged to".

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She was later informed that the police would be unable to do anything as the truck was registered in the Netherlands. She said: "It blows my mind that foreign drivers can risk people's lives and have no repercussions.

"I ended up contacting the company myself and apparently they have 'spoken to the driver'."

> 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.

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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

Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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a1white | 6 months ago
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Some appalling trolling comments on this thread. Might take a bit of implimenting, but a way of voting down comments might be a good way to stop this tiresome trolling (why don't they f*ck back off to Twitter, or whatever Elon calls it now?). A few down votes and the post dissapears and If a user gets too many downvotes, they can't post.

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wtjs | 7 months ago
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This topic is one focus of a concerted Denial of Sense attack on the site by obvious malicious accounts. Fortunately, most of them seem likely to disappear after 1 or 2 entries

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Coolkitty | 7 months ago
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I m not taking sides here but why do some cyclists ride in the middle of the road?

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Rendel Harris replied to Coolkitty | 7 months ago
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Coolkitty wrote:

I m not taking sides here but why do some cyclists ride in the middle of the road?

Why would you be asking that when this cyclist clearly has not ridden in the middle of the lane (not the road, that would involve riding down the white line), even though they have a legal right to do so, but is riding a maximum of 50 cm off the white line delineating the edge of the carriageway?

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Backladder replied to Coolkitty | 7 months ago
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Coolkitty wrote:

I m not taking sides here but why do some cyclists ride in the middle of the road?

The usual reason for cyclists riding in the middle of the road is that they are about to make a right turn, more often they will ride in the middle of the lane in order to deter motorists from attempting a dangerous overtake.

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Hirsute replied to Coolkitty | 7 months ago
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At a pinch point, where the road narrows, in a blind bend, to avoid a pothole, to avoid being doored, to deter a senseless or careless overtake, the road splits in L1 and L2 and they want L2.

Also it's the middle of the *lane*

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HoarseMann replied to Coolkitty | 7 months ago
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It's now explained in the Highway Code. Perhaps you've not read it for a while?

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bikeman01 | 7 months ago
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Funnily enough if you get a speeding ticket etc in any european country you will get a fine sent to you in the UK.

Amazing punishment works one way but not the other.

Because our UK authorities are incompetent?

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Ashb | 7 months ago
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Always ride as far left as practicle. Human mentality is my cock is bigger than yours syndrome. Life of a cyclist is on the line daily. Dealing with this problem for over 50 years. Lost many friends from hit behind. Use a radar light now due to electric Tesla passed me doing fast speed did not hear it at all till it passed me.

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Knightline replied to Ashb | 7 months ago
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There's plenty of room on the left - use it and keep out of the way of faster traffic. Use your mirror to see overtaking traffic and act responsibly; for your own benefit at least.

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Rendel Harris replied to Knightline | 7 months ago
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I do wish road.cc would get the comment count back so that it's easier to distinguish between somebody who is actually a regular user of the website saying something stupid and a one-post-wonder troll.

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Hirsute replied to Knightline | 7 months ago
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Have you read the highway code ever ?

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scottalej replied to Knightline | 7 months ago
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On a clearly very busy road like this I would be riding next to the white line while watching my mirror to see the approach of large vehicles and reacting to the developing situation.
However, due to the obvious vulnerability of a cyclist on such a busy road I would do my utmost to avoid being on it in the first place.
I'm all too aware that "being in the right" according to the highway code will not stop me being seriously injured or killed.

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Hirsute replied to Ashb | 7 months ago
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Not your best option at all.
You do need to be central at times to increase visibility and deter stupid overtaking. Also this gives you an area on the left to escape into.
The radar gives you enough warning that you can move around the road a bit whilst seeing if they are slowing. Others have commented that a wobbly cyclist is often given more room or time.

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bigwheeler88 replied to Ashb | 7 months ago
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Utter moron. Cyclists have the right to be in the middle of the lane, as they should be. Other road users (we're talking cars here) have the duty to take care not to hit more vulnerable road users, such as cyclists.

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Rekrab | 7 months ago
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This must be the worst website on the internet.

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perce replied to Rekrab | 7 months ago
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Gosh. Even worse than trollingforbeginners.com?

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Hirsute replied to Rekrab | 7 months ago
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Is this a technical appraisal?

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maj7667@gmail.com | 7 months ago
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There's no way I'd be cycling on that road - it's just asking for trouble. Just cos we've got the right doesn't make it right; better to go the long way round on quieter roads.

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Born_peddling replied to maj7667@gmail.com | 7 months ago
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You're joking right? Unless it's a bridal path there's very few "quiet" roads and the so called quiet roads are usually used as speed runs for local drivers whom often claim they might as well own the road. Best way to deal with foreign logistics is to charge said offending company more every time they enter the country based on every time they commit an offense....let's see how long they want to send their known worst delivery drivers over when a company could be pre charged for being a known danger to ALL native road users (as in born here never known other traffic laws). I was closed passed by a Finnish articulated lorry recently (farm delivery on coming so no space for anyone to move out the way safely) and to my surprise they had a sorry sign the driver lit up after they had little choice to pass me and they didn't speed past either. My response a thumbs up for the courtesy of the cautious pass and the signage.....See it don't always have to descend into a scene from uk mad max!

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bigwheeler88 | 7 months ago
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Cyclist should have kept their position, instead of letting the lorry eat into it. No need to move into the gutter.

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Kieselguhr Kid | 7 months ago
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Here in Canada the police can ticket the owner of a vehicle for any infraction the vehicle is involved in. That's how photo radar and red light cam tickets are issued.
I'd guess there's some provision under the UK traffic act to do the same.
Now getting the ticket paid is a potential issue due to jurisdiction, Brexit probably made that more of an issue, but just mailing the ticket to the company sends a message. If they take safety seriously it might actually be addressed with the driver.

Seems like a cop-out (unintentional pun there!).

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Car Delenda Est | 7 months ago
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Goes to show that there is no cultural difference enabling NL's transport paradise, just good infrastructure. Take away the infra and you take away the safety.

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chrisonabike replied to Car Delenda Est | 7 months ago
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In NL the vast majority of places where lorries are allowed cycling isn't (much better alternatives are provided).  So Dutch lorry drivers might not be much better in this respect than those in the UK.  Of course, in NL the few places where they might interact would be very clearly marked...

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KDee replied to chrisonabike | 7 months ago
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Well, trucks aren't exactly banned from all but motorways over here. I can think of plenty examples at home and near work where all that separates me from a truck is a dashed white line.

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chrisonabike replied to KDee | 7 months ago
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Indeed (and some of those cycle lanes there - not paths - offer just as little protection and indeed provoke as little consideration from drivers as they do in the UK).

I was referring to things there being a couple of jumps ahead of the UK.  It's not just "add in some separate cycle lanes on busy roads" (the UK hasn't got there yet - and don't ask us about junctions - which is normally where people die under trucks...).  It's ideas like hooftdnetten and "unbundling" / "unravelling" - not just "oh, we have to squeeze in some separate space wherever the cars go now?"

Obviously that is not everywhere - NL is still evolving of course [1] [2]...

In the UK it's not uncommon to see large trucks all over the place.

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marmotte27 replied to Car Delenda Est | 7 months ago
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Exactly. Queue the many Dutch tourists confronted with cyclists on France's rural roads for example.

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Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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Not the worst close pass you'll ever see... but that whole road looks a bit sketchy to be riding on, I'd certainly try and give it a miss. 

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Car Delenda Est replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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It's the part were they don't slow down, wait till there's no oncoming traffic, then go into the oncoming lane for the overtake.

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Car Delenda Est | 7 months ago
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A bit difficult to say definitively they didn't slow down as the closing speed is hard to judge. The driver position, being on the left may also have played a part in the close pass in estimating the room. Not a good pass I agree, but not the worst. 

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