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Near Miss of the Day 772: Glitch in police system loses close pass submission

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

A more frustrating than usual close pass features in our Near Miss of the Day series today, not so much because of the actions of the driver – though of course, that’s bad enough, with the motorist overtaking at a pinch point despite an oncoming bus – but because after the cyclist went to the trouble of completing the form and submitting it to police, a glitch in their system meant it disappeared into the ether, or wherever it is that digital files that fail to reach their destination end up.

The footage was filmed by reader Tim, who told us that he shot it on 23 February, only to receive the following response: “Thank you for informing us of your recent road traffic incident, unfortunately there was a severe issue that occurred with the Online reporting system which in turn caused all evidence created on the form to not attach and reach this department.

“This lasted roughly for 52 hours from around 1300 on 21/02/2022 until fixed at 15.40 on 23/02/2022.”

Tim added that he resubmitted the video and accompanying information, but has heard nothing further since then …

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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.

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] or send us a message via the 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.

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Simon joined 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.

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