Filming a close pass is one thing, but getting police to act on it means complying with any requirements regarding the submission of video evidence laid down by the relevant police force – as one road.cc reader has learnt to his frustration.
Ian told us that the incident in the clip below happened “at the end of a 64-mile ride and only 400 yards from home.
“A check on the GOV.UK website shows that the Mini was untaxed at the time of incident.
“The video was taken with a smartphone mounted on handlebars after I had an ‘aggressive pass intended to intimidate’ by a BMW driver on Saturday 9 February 2019 on the same stretch of road.
He said that the incident and video had been reported to police, but added: “Unfortunately you can only upload a video to Avon & Somerset Constabulary if the incident happened in the last seven days, you can provide a video showing two minutes either side of the incident, the video is timestamped, you are prepared to give a full statement, attend court if required and the video clearly shows the vehicle registration number.
“So, it would seem that Avon & Somerset Constabulary do not want to make it easy for a cyclist to report these incidents unless you can fulfil all criteria before submitting a video.”
While any action camera will give you the option to add a timestamp while recording, if you’re using a smartphone to take video it’s unlikely that your default app will have such a facility.
A solution might be to download an app that does and use that to record footage – one example being Timestamp Camera, which is available for both iOS and Android devices.
It's probably also a good idea to refresh your knowledge periodically about the specific requirements of the police force(s) responsible for the areas you typically ride in to avoid any pitfalls.
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.