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Near Miss of the Day 315: Untaxed vehicle, but still no action from police

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

Ian only reported todays’ near miss because he thought Police Scotland might be interested in an untaxed vehicle. It seems that some of them were – but not all of them.

Ian explained: “I don't normally bother reporting incidents to Police Scotland – they have no system for uploading videos and the one time I emailed a complaint it was obvious they weren't interested.

“But this car had been untaxed for almost a year when this happened on Great Western Road in Glasgow, so I thought they might care.

“I reported it through Police Scotland's website giving a link to the video (which wasn't made public). I was surprised to get a call back asking me to make a statement because they were keen to take action.

“So I reported to my local police station (Maryhill), waited two hours and made a statement.”

Ian was then told that the road on which the incident took place wasn't in the Maryhill area so they'd pass it to Partick Police.

“Four months later I phoned to ask if any action had been taken and was told that the last officer to deal with it was the one I spoke to when I made my statement. Partick Police had ignored his report.”

This isn’t Ian’s first bad experience with Police Scotland. He also provided us with Near Miss of the Day 275, when he suffered a close pass from a police van.

> 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.

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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.

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