Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series is the third we’ve featured from the same cyclist riding on the same stretch of road near Milton Keynes – and as in his previous two submissions, once again it shows an overtaking driver ignoring solid white lines on the road that are intended to prevent dangerous passing manoeuvres.
Rule 129 of the Highway Code tells road users that where the carriageway has “double white lines where the line nearest you is solid,” they “MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road.”
It adds that they “may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.”
Clearly that’s not the case here, with the speedometer on the cyclist’s Cycliq camera showing that he was riding at 25mph.
John, the road.cc reader who sent in the clip, told us: “This one is north of Great Horwood in Buckinghamshire, instead of the south road to Winslow.
“Police gave the driver a warning but did not deem the two overtakes on blind corners and double solid lines as dangerous.”
The first video we featured from John last month showed a motorist breaking no fewer than four road safety laws – overtaking on a solid white line, overtaking approaching the brow of a hill, overtaking approaching a corner, and overtaking on approach to a junction, resulting in them being sent on a driver awareness course.
The second incident also involved a motorist overtaking on a solid white line and what’s more, forcing an oncoming driver to slow down.
“The road is very bumpy and there is a harsh set of potholes near the end of the video,” John said of that incident.
“You have to use the whole lane to get through to the other side safely.
“I’m not sure why one would need to overtake a cyclists at this speed on such a dangerous and blind set of corners,” he added.
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.
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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.