Near Miss of the Day 306: Mini driver left-hooks cyclist

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's London...

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment a Mini driver turned left across the path of a cyclist without indicating in Bermondsey, south London.

The footage was submitted by Simon, who said that he’d love to get the views of fellow readers on it. The left-hook itself is at around 2 minutes 10 seconds into the video.

He said; “I typically ride a 12 mile route to my home in Charlton from my work in London Paddington.

“This was just as I was turning on to the A200 near Tooley Street.

“I have reported it to the Met Police and they have rejected it as not being worthy of them doing anything about it because ‘We feel the mini indicated in plenty of time for you to be able to see that he was turning left’."

Simon continued: “Yes the driver was indicating, but surely they have to also check that it's safe to turn across another lane of traffic and cause other road users to brake and turn in to a different road?

“Anyway, clearly I have a different view to the police, but would be good to know what others think about this.

“I've also asked the police if their interpretation of the law is that as long as you are indicating, you have the right to turn in to other traffic without being at fault for any accidents. Could be an interesting precedent for them to set."

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

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.

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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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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