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Near Miss of the Day 93: TfL bus driver fined after close pass - and says it would have been better if he'd been driving his car

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s London

It's always good to see police take action when a cyclist films some poor driving, and today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series resulted in a London bus driver being prosecuted and fined £100 as well as having his driving licence endorsed with three penalty points.

It was submitted by reader John Richardson, aged 57, who works in the City of London as an insurance underwriter and who posts videos to YouTube under the user name, 4ChordsNoNet.

He shot the footage on Wrythe Lane in Sutton, south west London, and the case has now gone to court.

John told us: "It was about 9pm and I was on my way home from work, having got up at 6am.

"I know that I should have ridden in primary through the pinch point, but I hadn't had my dinner yet, and I was cold, tired, wet and hungry.

"Hurricane Aileen was about to hit the UK and it was very windy and wet.

"I was aware of the bus coming up behind me, but was shocked to see it squeeze through at that point, which is why I swore as I did.

"I managed to catch up with the driver at the bus stop about 200 metres further down the road, but he simply looked at me, refused to say anything and drove off.

"I reported the incident to both TfL [Transport for London] and the police. 

"TfL apologised and contacted the bus company, Abellio, who in turn came came to me and also apologised and advised that the driver had been sent back to their training school for corrective driving sessions, and a copy of the incident will be kept on his file.

"The police advised that the driver was traced and issued with a Conditional Offer of a Fixed Penalty Notice which carried a £100 fine and 3 penalty points.

"The driver contacted me via my YouTube channel to apologise, however, what shocked me was that whilst he accepts that what he did was wrong, he would have done the same thing, had he been driving his car.

"He said: 'I got over confident when I saw the gap and knew i could make it through but it's something I should have done in my car and not the bus'."





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