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Near Miss of the Day 906: Walkers Crisps van driver makes close pass on cyclist

Greater Manchester Police issue warning letter following incident near Wigan last month

A cyclist who caught on camera a very close pass from the driver of a Walkers Crisps van has been told by police that the driver was issued with a warning letter.

Barry, the reader who was on the receiving end of the close pass, told us that it happened shortly before noon on 23 April.

“I was cycling along Bickershaw Lane in Bickershaw near Wigan when a large Walkers Crisps van passed extremely close to me,” he said.

“I have had other close passes whilst out cycling but this was a bit to close for comfort it really startled me.

“I felt this was a case of inconsiderate and irresponsible driving and had to be reported to the police,” continued Barry, who reported it via Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Snap Portal.

He has subsequently been told that the footage was reviewed by a Roads Policing Officer, and that “a Letter Of Warning was sent to the Driver/Keeper of the vehicle.”

In its email, the force added: “Your help in taking the time to make us aware of this matter is greatly appreciated and will improve the safety on the roads of Greater Manchester.”

Barry said that he had also emailed Walkers Crisps “and provided them with the video footage but they have not got back to me yet.”

We have also contacted the company and will update this article with their response should we receive one.

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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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Bungle_52 | 1 month ago

Well done to the cyclist who took the time and trouble to report this and to Greater Manchester for doing something, with many forces this would be NFA. Also nice that he got a thank you for reporting. There does seem to be an increasing acceptance among police forces that cyclists reporting drivers can be a useful weapon for them in their fight against poor driving. One or two remain to be convinced I fear.

One question though. Is a "letter of warning" the same as a "warning letter"?

wtjs | 1 month ago

In its email, the force added: “Your help in taking the time to make us aware of this matter is greatly appreciated and will improve the safety on the roads of Greater Manchester

That translates as: **** off, annoying snitching little *******. They're pretty much the same as Lancashire Constabulary, which used to write to me like that until they found I was keeping meticulous records and was catching them out when they actually did nothing at all- then they stopped responding in any way. Warning letters, especially when they're described as 'advice letters' are completely useless because you know they're not taking it seriously and are just fobbing you off

Sriracha | 1 month ago

A "warning" only makes sense if it could be proven that this was a first offence. On the overwhelming balance of probabilities it isn't - this is just how they drive. Red card!

ktache | 1 month ago
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Ironic four foot retro reflective SLOW in the road too...

anagallis_arvensis | 1 month ago

Good job it's not Thames Valley police as it's not a close pass according to them if you can't see the bike in the video

eburtthebike | 1 month ago

Just the most visible manifestation of motornomativity.  Drivers have been told for so long that the roads are theirs that they believe it, and anyone else has no right to be there.  Currently being promoted by your friendly local tory party.

Hirsute | 1 month ago

Points or a course minimum. The driver is paid to be doing this job.

Gary Bloody Lineker !

lukei1 | 1 month ago

Laughable that that is only a warning letter, they should only be for ambiguous cases or driving where there is not a specific law broken

Issuing a warning letter here is just a sign of laziness by the Police surely

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