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Near Miss of the Day 792: National Express bus driver in ultra-close pass on cyclist (includes swearing)

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

This isn’t the first time a National Express driver has been featured in our Near Miss of the Day series – there are a couple of previous examples here – and according to James, the reader who sent this clip in, such incidents involving the company’s buses are “unfortunately, an all too frequent event” in Coventry, where he lives.

“I’ve had another two similar incidents recently and have made subject access requests to National Express for the video from the buses,” he told us.

Referring to those specific occurrences, he said: “In a few months’ time when the videos of these latest incidents have been published – currently they're private because they've been reported to West Midlands Police – I'll send them along for possible inclusion in Near Miss of the Day.”

That ‘NMotD National Express’ tag that we use looks like it’s going to be busy …

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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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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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