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Near Miss of the Day 580: "Super close pass at speed"

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

The registered keeper of a van which was driven past a cyclist at speed was fined in court for failing to disclose who was behind the steering wheel at the time if the incident.

The YouTube user who filmed the clip, MCR Cyclist described it as a "super close pass at speed" but said that when "the Metropolitan Police tried to engage the alleged driver, but they refused to accept any culpability for their actions."

The van's registered keeper (who may of course have been the driver) was fined £660 for failure to give information relating to the identity of a driver and had their driving licence endorsed with six penalty points, as well as being ordered to pay costs of £166. 

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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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