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Near Miss of the Day 363: White van man in ultra-close pass - but police say cyclist at fault (includes swearing)

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

It's Chinese New Year tomorrow as we enter the Year of the Rat - but in Near Miss of the Day land it's the Year of Dangerous Overtaking at Pinch Points, going by some of the recent submissions we've had to our feature.

This latest one happened on Glasgow's Mosspark Boulevard with the driver of the white van involved overtaking getting so close that he actually made contact with the cyclist. However, Police Scotland decided to take no action.

The footage was filmed by road.cc reader Robert, who told us: "The police did nothing so I complained and they still found nothing other than my riding to be at fault. 

"In the chicane the van made contact with my handlebars and shoulder ,slight but it happened, they said I should have braked and that I did not take into consideration the hazards ahead. 

"They said I should have indicated before pulling out of the dedicated cycle lane (I assume they mean the bit at the side of the road that cars park on. I will be complaining to the PIRC [the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner] regarding this." 

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

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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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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