The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows some very poor, not to mention dangerous driving by a lorry driver working for DHL Tradeteam, which supplies drinks to the licensed trade.
Shot in Colchester, Essex by road.cc reader Jeffery, it shows the driver overtaking a cyclist with minimal space between them, despite the fact that both are approaching a roundabout.
What’s more, the manoeuvre forces the driver of an oncoming car to brake to avoid being hit head-on by the lorry, whose driver has thereby not just put the cyclist at risk, but also the motorist in that car.
@dhlexpressuk TradeTeam driver PM64 RVV ignores roundabout ahead, overtakes cyclist, nearly has head-on collision with car. #nearmiss #nearhit #colchester #cycling @willbramhill @roadcc pic.twitter.com/yda9TX9HSS
— Jeffery Andrews (@JeffingtonA) June 12, 2018
DHL replied to Jeffery’s tweet this morning.
I'm really sorry to hear about that Jeffery, I can assure you feedback will be given to the relevant departments. Apologies again, Amrick
— DHL Express UK (@dhlexpressuk) June 13, 2018
It’s the second very close overtake of a cyclist by a lorry driver, despite oncoming traffic, that we’ve seen this week – yesterday this one, from Charlton in the Royal Borough of Greenwich was featured on our live blog.
@VeoliaUK This is why cyclists F'n die, why would he overtake on a bend into oncoming cars??????........ I thought I was going to be #3 this month in @Royal_Greenwich @DonnachadhMc @aidanmasmith @StopKillingCycl @BazK_GoW3 @MetCycleCops pic.twitter.com/qYFI19kjNr
— paul (@lxtwin) June 11, 2018
Last week, the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists held a die-in and vigil outside Greenwich Council’s offices in Woolwich after two cyclists were killed in collisions involving lorries in the borough during May.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.