The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a cyclist getting close-passed by two motorists in quick succession. The incidents were reported to the Metropolitan Police, but no action was taken against the drivers – and while the rider says he understands that the police are stretched due to cuts, he is disappointed nothing will happen.
The footage was shot on Bedfont Road,just to the south of London Heathrow Airport, by road.cc reader London Commuter, who told us: “I have so many clips of close passes from commuting in London.
“This is a clip of two close passes that happened this month. Both reported to the Met.
“Their only action is to log this information in their database. No attempt at contacting either of the two drivers.
“Even a letter to them, asking them to review the footage so they can see how dangerous their driving was would be a step in the right direction.
“I know the police are massively underfunded, and massively overstretched. They can’t afford to chase every prosecution,” he added.
“But it really does feel like the authorities don’t have your back as a cyclist.”
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 or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page (link is external).
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.