WARNING: VERY STRONG LANGUAGE BELOW
If you've done wrong and got away with a relative slap on the wrist, it's probably advisable to take what you're given and move on... however, it appears the aggressive driver in this clip from road.cc reader Miché doesn't grasp this concept, seeing an original £60 fine and the offer of a speed awareness course grow to a £2,460 fine and six points on his driving licence after losing appeals at magistrates' court and eventually Crown Court.
Miché told road.cc that after being knocked off his bike by a driver in June 2020, he bought a camera along with his new bike to record bad drivers after he had regained enough confidence to get off the trainer and back out on the roads. It was shortly after making this decision in July 2021 that the incident shown above occurred in North Wales.
We see Miché ride through some temporary traffic lights, after which the driver of a white Ford estate car passes him with inches to spare with traffic on the other side of the road.
Miché shouts, and the driver gets out of the vehicle saying: "Don't f**king shout at me like that, I've got my f**king daughter in the car."
Miché submitted the footage to Operation SNAP and North Wales Police, and says the driver was offered a £60 fine and a driver's awareness course for the close pass and threatening behaviour.
Sounds pretty lenient, right? The driver appealed, and a date was set for the case to be heard at a magistrates' court.
Miché added: "The driver did not attend court because he was bitten by an animal (squirrel).
"The magistrates found in favour of the prosecution. He was prosecuted for driving without due care for other road users, costing the driver £1,690 and six points on his licence.
"He appealed the magistrates' decision as he could not defend himself as he didn't attend court. There was another court date set and it was escalated to Crown Court,
again I attended as a witness to show my evidence.
"The driver again did not attend court.
"The Crown Court found in favour of the prosecution and with the added Crown Court costs took the driver's fine to £2,460 and six points on his licence."
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.
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Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.