Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series is the third in a row featuring a white van driver – and it’s one that resulted in police apologising to the cyclist for deciding not to refer the case to prosecutors when it was submitted to them.
The footage was shot by road.cc reader James, who told us: “This one was late last year, in Hove.
“It was reported to Operation Crackdown, who sent the driver a formal warning letter but I thought it was definitely worthy of prosecution.
“After putting it on Twitter, the Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, got involved and Sussex Police emailed me to apologise.
“They agreed it should have been prosecuted, but as the letter had been sent, it couldn’t be upgraded to a prosecution.”
@OpCrackdown @SussexRoadsPol @sussex_police
I took this video, showing a driver who is initially aggressive and intimidating, then makes a deliberate attempt to run me off the road and into parked cars, to my local police station and was told to report via Operation Crackdown. pic.twitter.com/y0ph9J5Y1B
— JT (@HootsyJT) November 14, 2018
Click through to James’s tweet for the full Twitter thread.
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.
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.