Today’s near miss resulted in points and a fine – albeit not for the incident itself. When the registered keeper of the van involved was contacted by police, they failed to name the driver and the matter went to court.
The incident happened in May 2019 in Surbiton.
Mitch said: “As I neared the top of the hill, I was passed by a bus. I felt the bus was a bit close to me as it pulled in at the end of passing, but it wasn't bad enough that I was going to report it. Following the bus was a white van that got really close.”
Mitch reported the incident to the police that day and they issue a notice of intended prosecution. However, the registered keeper declined to name the driver and this is the matter that went to court.
The vehicle’s owner failed to attend and was fined £660 in their absence with £100 in costs and a victim surcharge of £66. They also received six penalty points on their driving licence.
Mitch suffered another close pass within a few days of this one, just 100 metres away (the second of these two videos). He points out that in that instance, the driver was identified and merely went on a driver improvement course.
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.