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Near Miss of the Day 773: Close pass driver sent warning – then “brags they got away with it”

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

Two close passes in two seconds is what we have on this evening’s Near Miss of the Day menu – with one of the drivers sent a warning letter by police, and then “bragging that they had gotten away with it.”

The footage was filmed at Croft Corner, Swansea, by road.cc reader Peter, who told us: “An advisory letter was sent to the last van in the video for the close pass with a car coming the other way.

“The passes happened on 30 April at 11:30,” he continued. “I was cycling close to my home on Gower, Swansea and enjoying the sun.

“This is the main road from Crofty to Llanrhidian on North Gower. I was cycling on my own. The first two felt close but the last van was close and fast while also getting close to the car coming the other way.

“It was submitted to South Wales Police who have issued a warning letter only, which I felt was not enough as the pass I feel justified more action.

"A few weeks later I heard from another friend that the driver had posted the letter, including stills from the video, on another Facebook group. Apparently they had not learnt anything and were complaining about cyclists and bragging that they had gotten away with it.

“So I am doubtful they will change their behaviour and can only hope they get a more severe punishment next time and they do not end up killing someone first.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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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