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Near Miss of the Day 262: Police say cyclist was too close to centre line

Our regular feature showing close passes from around the country – today it's Northamptonshire...

Today’s near miss was reported to police. Dave said the complaint was rejected because he was, in their opinion, riding to close to the central white line.

“They seem to have missed that I had just overtaken a parked car and was approaching a roundabout where I didn't want to be squeezed to the kerb,” said Dave.

The incident occurred in Rushden, Northamptonshire, during his commute.

Dave points out that the judgement comes only months after Northamptonshire Police first launched Operation Close Pass.

“They even covered the need for cyclists to use the primary position in the leaflets and online advice on the subject,” he said.

“I would have thought that Highway Code rule 162, make sure there is a suitable gap in front before you overtake, and rule 167, do not overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users, would have been applied by the reviewing officer.”

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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.

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