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Near Miss of the Day 65: Royal Mail driver pulls out on cyclist* on mini roundabout

*Not actually a cyclist

Update: At least one of us (possibly more than one, but no-one's keen to admit to something so stupid) failed to notice that this video was in fact shot from a car. Sorry about that. It's not like we have any shortage of near misses involving cyclists either.

Today’s near miss is from a few weeks back in Stoke where Matt had a Royal Mail driver pull out on him as he attempted to navigate a mini roundabout.

Watching the footage, it seems to us that the driver’s view of Matt is most likely obscured by the driver’s side windscreen pillar.

We recently reported on a fatal collision with a cyclist on a roundabout where the driver said she didn’t see the victim due to her car’s large blind spot.

Anne Lyst was convicted of causing death by careless driving and the judge emphasised  that it was a driver’s responsibility to mitigate for the effects of a blind spot.

“Anyone who considered the evidence in this case in relation to the size of the blind spot may have been alarmed at the potential masking effect. But as the jury found, something being in your blind spot is no defence to careless driving. It remains your responsibility to mitigate its effect and what you did, if anything, was insufficient.”

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] or send us a message via the 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.

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