A coach driver who overtook a cyclist on a bend and came within inches of hitting him with the rear of the vehicle is the star of our latest Near Miss of the Day video – although the rider on the receiving end says he was “more than a little surprised” that police did nothing more than write to the firm that operates the coach to point out the standard of driving.
“This took place in Tean (Staffordshire Moorlands) on A522 Cheadle Road, and was submitted to Staffordshire Police,” said road.cc reader Jase, who shared the video on YouTube.
“As I turned into the road, and knowing the road would have parked vehicles (outside the chippy!) I accelerated to give myself some room, I figured that there was a vehicle behind me as a car on the opposite side of the road had stopped; knowing that the road curved to the left, what I didn’t expect was for them to attempt an overtake on the bend.
“I was a little taken aback that it was a coach attempting the overtake, and fear started to grow when – as they rounded the bend – physics dictated that the back end started to drift towards me. You could probably hear this given my poor language (something interestingly Staffordshire Police didn’t comment on), but I think the video speaks for itself as to why I swore!
“Having submitted to Staffordshire Police I was surprised that they hadn’t got back to me within their six-week window, so I requested an update. It was then that I was told that the officer ‘wrote to the manager at the company regards the driver’s driving standard’,” Jase continued.
“I was more than a little surprised by this (in)action, especially when you consider that the driver is a – ahem – professional driver. They broke multiple Highway Code rules, and I have no faith that the manager at the company will do anything – given the lack of livery on the coach, I’m not able to trace who the company is.
“I’m now considering taking this further with Staffs Police, so would be curious to see what other readers think,” he added.
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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.