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Near Miss of the Day 557: Trucking hell! Tipper lorry driver in fast close pass

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

"Trucking Hell!!!" That's the title the cyclist in Doncaster, South Yorkshire on the receiving end of this close pass from a tipper lorry driver gave this clip, and it's easy to see why as the driver zoomed past him at close quarters ahead of a 30mph zone.

The road.cc reader who shot the footage, Donny Johnny, said: "This truck, CN04 AOF, steamed by me as I entered a 30mph zone from a 40 mph zone, crossing the solid white line as it passed me.

"According to my Garmin I was travelling at about 13mph (I'm no Sam Bennett) so, the driver was in breach of Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 regulation 26."

That regulation, plus regulation 10 of the same piece of legislation and section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 are all referenced in the footnote to Rule 129 of the Highway Code, which states:

Double white lines where the line nearest you is solid. This means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road. You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.

"A quick check on the GOV.UK website when I got home reveals that although taxed, no MOT details are held by DVLA," he added.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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 has been news editor at road.cc 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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