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Near Miss of the Day 300: Impatient overtake from ATS driver

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country – today it's Swindon...

‘Welcome to Swindon’ reads the sign as an ATS driver moves to overtake despite the presence of an oncoming vehicle.

The incident took place on Tadpole Lane in North Wiltshire in April.

Gill described it as a “dangerously close pass”.

She said the overtake was, “alarming for me but must also have been very alarming for the oncoming vehicle.”

She added: “The van is an ATS van and I have contacted the company, whose website boasts a ROSPA gold certificate, twice, but they have never responded. (I have received automatic confirmation of receipt.) 

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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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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.

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