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Near Miss of the Day 691: Close pass lorry driver not prosecuted due to foreign plates

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

Today in our Near Miss of the Day series, we have a very close pass on a pair of cyclists involving an HGV – but police said that they were unable to take action, because the lorry driver is foreign.

The reader who sent the clip in told us that the incident took place on 22 September just outside Rugby in Warwickshire.

“I did submit the video evidence to Police but was informed that because it was a foreign driver, they had no means of tracing them,” she said.

“This is a dreadful excuse and imagine if someone is killed or injured by a foreign driver?

“This lorry passed my friend and I (who were riding single file) so close, I felt the heat from the lorry as the trailer passed me.”

It does strike us a strange approach from police – certainly we are aware of a number of court cases down the years in which the fact the driver is not a British national, or the vehicle being driven is on foreign plates, has not made a difference to a successful prosecution?

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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.

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Simon has been news editor at 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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