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Near Miss of the Day 764: Fixed penalty notice for driver overtaking cyclist despite oncoming traffic

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

A positive ending for our latest Near Miss of the Day clip, with this video being reported to the police and resulting in a fixed penalty notice and the driver being sent on an improvement course.

road.cc reader Stuart was riding out of Stourport-on-Severn along the A4025 Worcester Road when a driver of a red Audi sped past, despite oncoming traffic preventing them executing a safe pass.

Stuart reported the driver to the police, and was told they had received a fixed penalty notice and would be sent on an improvement course. A different story to yesterday's near miss...

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Two fairly textbook safe passes follow in the footage, before another rushed overtake with another vehicle coming the other way. Only the Audi driver was reported.

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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

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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Surreyrider | 1 year ago
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This happens every single ride, without fail, in Surrey. Usually multiple times. I stopped sending footage to the police because they did nothing (yes, that's the force that Road CC fawns over because they put a few tweets out there). 

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wtjs | 1 year ago
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What we need to know is what the 'fixed penalty' was- if it didn't include points on the licence, it was worthless. If the 'improvement course' was a joke online version, it was also worthless

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JMark | 1 year ago
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Close pass bingo - Audi driver? Surely not!

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cbrndc | 1 year ago
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I fear the national standard would be very, very low. What then?

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HoarseMann replied to cbrndc | 1 year ago
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cbrndc wrote:

I fear the national standard would be very, very low. What then?

Here's the national standard. It actually says submitted video footage should not be considered for a FPN...

https://www.npcc.police.uk/Publication/NPCC%20FOI/Operations/069%2015%20...

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eburtthebike replied to HoarseMann | 1 year ago
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Thanks for that, useful.  What document is it from?

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HoarseMann replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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eburtthebike wrote:

Thanks for that, useful.  What document is it from?

It's from the national guidelines. The full document is here, see bottom of p.11 Appendix 1.

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staituk | 1 year ago
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the Northumbria police force is very good at issuing FPN,  they are very proactice against close passes

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eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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Well done to this force for issuing a FPN, but this raises the eternal question of why some police forces will issue such a fine when other forces won't even send a warning letter.  We've seen many worse such passes on NMoTD where the local force take no action whatsoever.

We need a national standard for such driving, and I'd suggest starting with whether another road user was put in fear of their life, if so, then that's dangerous.

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Velophaart_95 replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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Agree. It beggars belief that there isn't a national standard.......

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Secret_squirrel replied to Velophaart_95 | 1 year ago
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And its weird that even when the National Chief Rozzer (NPCC) organisation agrees a set of standards (which I believe they have done) that half of them cant be arsed to follow it.

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Fignon's ghost replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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What can cyclists do to create consistency across the forces???
I read something about funding issues in some constabularies. Isn't it also true that the income stream here should lead to sustainable law enforcement.
So. Where's the issue? What can cyclists do to help improve enforcement throughout the UK????

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HoarseMann replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

And its weird that even when the National Chief Rozzer (NPCC) organisation agrees a set of standards (which I believe they have done) that half of them cant be arsed to follow it.

and the half that don't follow it are the ones giving out FPN's. The national standard blocks FPN's being issued for public submitted video footage. 

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Karlt replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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Have a stiff drink ready and read the comments on any of the NMotD posts on that Bookface thing. No matter how terrible the driving, a proportion of people will say it was fine.

The police will display the same range of opinions as exist in the general population, albeit probably not in the same proportions. If your submission ends up with an officer towards the "it's fine" spectrum, you get NFA. And even situations where the offending vehicle is a police vehicle - as in one of the posts on this thread IIRC.

The police need educating on what is and isn't acceptable; anyone who can't be shifted from the Cyclist Bingo crap is unsuitable for traffic duties.

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jpj84 | 1 year ago
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We were slowly cranking up a local, short, step hill last weekend. I could hear a van behind us, and sensed the driver was an impatient so and so... and of course, they overtook over the blind brow of the hill, causing the driver coming the other way to stop.

 

The offending vehicle was a police van 😐

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Surreyrider replied to jpj84 | 1 year ago
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It's not unique to this country. White van man did that on a blind bend in Mallorca last week forcing the oncoming vehicle to brake hard while veering into a field. 

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