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Near Miss of the Day 800: Cyclist gets fourth close pass from same tipper truck firm

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

A very close pass from the driver of a tipper truck is what features in our Near Miss of the Day series, sent in by road.cc reader Colin who filmed the incident on Mancetter Road, Nuneaton, yesterday afternoon – and who told us that it was previous close passes from the same firm’s drivers that inspired him to buy and action camera in the first place.

“This is a regular road I climb to get home,” Colin said. “There is a stone quarry where large tipper lorries operate from, three times over the last 24 months i have been run off the road by these lorries, this is one reason I decided to fit a GoPro.

“Yesterday the same thing happened, I was forced off the road, it's a good job there was no kerb for me to run off.”

“I think these tipper drivers work on piece work,” he continued – a common practice in the industry but one that has been blamed for drivers taking unnecessary risks and compromising road safety and endangering vulnerable road users.

“I've sent video to Warwickshire Police and also to the tipper hire company,” added Colin, who concluded:  “Apologies for the language but it was really scary,” added Colin.

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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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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