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Near Miss of the Day 561: Tractor driver towing trailer makes close pass ... then shakes head at cyclist

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

We have two videos from the same cyclist today on our Near Miss of the Day feature, the first showing a close pass from a tractor driver in Shropshire towing a trailer, while the second happened in Wolverhampton when the driver of a bin wagon left far too little space to the rider when overtaking him.

The clips were sent in by reader Dave, who said of the first one: "Here is a clip of a tractor making an extremely close pass while the driver looks directly at me!

"The incident happened in Claverley, Shropshire, and was not reported to police.

"Out of shot the driver was shaking his head suggesting I was in the wrong."

Of the second clip, which appears below, he said: 

"This near miss happened to me in October 2020 while on the Wolverhampton ring road. The vehicle was very close.

"The incident was reported to the local council who are responsible for the vehicle.

"They responded by asking me for the video clip and details of where the incident occurred.

"I supplied all information and they promised an enquiry as all vehicles are fitted with 360° video cameras. I haven't had any response since then.

"I contacted them after a month or so and still no response. Local responsible council and professional driver ... I don't think so!"

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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.

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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