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Near Miss of the Day 179: Bus company failed to provide police with driver’s name

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

London United, the bus company, failed to provide details of the driver to the Met Police, so this one’s going to court.

The incident occurred in Camberwell on July 2.

MCR Cyclist writes: “The bus driver decided to take the 'racing line' and do a close pass on me in the cycle lane. This lane has restricted width, so I need all the space I can get. If I didn't brake, I'd have been brushing up right next to it.

“The Metropolitan Police contacted the registered keeper, who failed to provide details of the driver. It has now been passed to the Met Police's court team to take further. Failing to tell police who is driving a car when an offence has allegedly been committed is an offence itself. The penalty for failing to provide driver details is six points and a fine of up to £1,000.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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 [at] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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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