Our Near Miss of the Day video today features a Tesco delivery driver making a close pass on a cyclist in Bristol, which surprised Matt, the road.cc reader who shot the footage, since his experience is that grocery delivery drivers are among the better ones out on the road.
"This was a pretty run-of-the-mill definitely-too-close pass," Matt told us. "What makes it stand out is that it's a Tesco delivery driver.
"I'm not sure what your readers' experiences with delivery drivers have been like, but I've found them to be among the best, most courteous and responsible drivers on the roads (until now!).
"I sent this to Tesco and was promised a follow-up from a manager, which never materialised," he added.
As it happens, we have reported previously on incidents involving Tesco delivery drivers, including this very close overtake in Dorset earlier this year in which road.cc reader was forced off the road.
And last year another road.cc reader, Chris, shared footage he had filmed in May 2019 in which the driver of one of the supermarket's vans knocked a cyclist from his bike on London's CS8 cycleway.
The case went to court but the driver refused to admit he was driving the vehicle and was instead prosecuted for failing to nominate driver. and given a £300 fine, plus £332 in costs and six penalty points.
In October 2015, cyclist Julie Dinsdale lost her right leg after she was crushed by a left-turning Tesco lorry as she was riding on London’s Old Street with her partner, mountain bike pioneer Keith Bontrager.
The following year the driver, Florian Oprea, was fined £625 and had his driving licence endorsed with five penalty points after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention.
Dinsdale said after he was sentenced that she was “hugely disappointed by the decision of the Court which finds that despite the evidence that I was visible to the driver, he should not be handed a more substantial sentence given the impact his actions have had on my life.”
By pure coincidence, just this afternoon we received an email from another road.cc reader with a photo of one of the supermarket chain's vans blocking a dedicated cycle lane in North London - something that seems to have become increasingly common behaviour among many delivery drivers, and not just those working for supermarkets, with the steep rise in online shopping since the start of the pandemic.
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.
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.