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Near Miss of the Day 3: Audi caught on film – but police won't act

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Swindon

The cyclist who suffered this incident on June 7 in Swindon was told by police that no action would be taken due to insufficient evidence.

Ash was heading straight over a roundabout on Kembrey Road and says that the Audi driver looked at him, “then floored it.”

He reported the incident but was last week told by Wiltshire Police that “the footage provided does not show enough of the behaviour of the alleged offending vehicle to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the driver committed any traffic offences.”

The incident is similar to one reported on last week in which a driver cut in front of a Derbyshire cyclist at speed, missing him by centimetres.

Derbyshire Constabulary initially declined to take action and didn’t even watch the footage. However, following pressure from Cycling UK and Chris Boardman, the driver is now being prosecuted and the force has also pledged to review its policy regarding the submission of video evidence.

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 contact us via the Facebook page.

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