A road.cc reader who saw "little point" in notifying police of a very close pass changed his mind after he was encouraged to do so in comments to the video when we featured in our Near Miss of the Day series - and has been in touch to tell us what happened next.
Last August, we posted a video from the cyclist, David, of three close passes in the space of just 10 seconds as he rode through Croydon.
At the time, he told us: "Three in a row through central Croydon. The last one is really close. You can see just how close it is just after he goes past.
"The camera makes it look further away than it was but it's only a few centimetres of space (and at high speed)."
David told us: "Not often I feel they're close enough to endanger me but this guy was centimetres away and going pretty quickly.
"I didn't report it (seems little point) and didn't catch him up again," he added.
Today, we received another email from David, who told us: "I thought it would be good to follow up on the result of the prosecution, which I was notified of last week.
"The owner didn't provide details of the driver and was prosecuted for that offence. They got 6 points and a £600 fine, plus £166 costs.
"It goes to show how valuable the series on road.cc is. Without the advice in the comments I wouldn't have reported this. Hopefully the punishment will give them pause for thought on the quality of their driving."
It's always good to be notified of a result, and it's also worth noting that in this instance, the fine was significantly greater than it would likely have been had the owner identified the driver - whether it was them, or someone else.
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.