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Near Miss of the Day 708: Driver secures £300 fine and three points for close pass

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

Today’s Near Miss certainly isn’t one of the worst videos we’ve been sent over the years – but it was enough to secure the driver a £323 fine and three penalty points for driving without due care and attention.

The footage, which features the second of three close passes experienced by the cyclist that day, was shot last April and shows a BMW driver edging their way past while faced with a long line of oncoming traffic, in what turned out to be an expensive overtake.

The road.cc reader who submitted the footage told us: “I had three close passes all on the same morning ride and all were submitted via the Nextbase portal to West Midlands Police.

“As is usual with WMP, there was no update on one or three, but close pass number two did result in a prosecution for driving without due care & attention.

“The driver denied it and pleaded ‘not guilty’ but was found guilty with a fine of £323 and three points on their licence.”

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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.

Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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