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Near Miss of the Day 171: Flatbed truck driver can’t wait

Our regular feature highlighting near misses caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Eccles

It’s not hard to see today’s near miss coming. A flatbed truck bearing down on a cyclist, regular traffic in the opposite direction, no pause, no slowing – this driver’s overtaking regardless of what’s in the other lane. Where’s the problem? If they have to move back over, it’ll only be the cyclist who gets squeezed.

The incident happened on August 2, on Monton Road in Eccles, Manchester.

Tom says it’s an area where he encounters close passes quite a lot. He reckons the van missed him by just a couple of inches.

“Stupidly, I transferred the file from my Go Pro to my computer without keeping the file on the camera as well, and so can't report it via the system in Greater Manchester according to their forms.”

Over the years 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] 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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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