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Updated Near Miss of the Day 671 – and “it’s not good news” from the police

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

A road.cc reader whose video we featured recently in our Near Miss of the Day series has been in touch to tell us of the outcome with police – and in his own words, “it’s not good news.” 

Andy, who reported the very close pass on him by a lorry driver towing a trailer to Kent Police told us: “It would seem that I may need to move just over the border to neighbouring Surrey if I want to stay safe because Kent Police seem to view a dangerous close pass from a vehicle towing a trailer with incorrect number plates as not worthy of investigation due to their being no offence being committed.

“This is despite me providing the evidence from both a front and rear camera for at least three minutes before the incident to prove there were mitigating circumstances from a prior incident (something which I find hard to agree with and which suggests a prior incident could in some way negate a second regardless of the outcome).”

In their response, Andy was told: “After reviewing your call to us, there are no offences for Kent Police to record at this time; however if you access the Kent Police website, you can report such incidents there,” before informing him that if he wished “to report any further updates to this incident,” he could do so via email or on the non-emergency number 101.

Here’s our original article.

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a motorist in Kent being given a close pass last month by the driver of a flatbed lorry, who also happens to be towing a trailer with a mini digger on it.

Towing a trailer is something we often see contributing to close passes, with the driver typically pulling in before the rear of the trailer has passed the cyclist being overtaking.

In this case too, the situation is exacerbated by parked vehicles on the road and as the title of the video alludes to, is it really too much to expect the driver just to wait a couple of seconds until it is safe to overtake?

This one was submitted by road.cc reader Andy, who told us that he reported the incident to Kent Police six weeks ago.

“However, I've not had a response beyond confirmation of the report and it's their policy to not respond to reports after 6 weeks if they've been unable to take any action, so I guess that's the case with this one and it's OK to publish it now,” he said.

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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.

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Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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