We’re in the northeast of Scotland for a second day in a row in our Near Miss of the Day series today – with this video showing the moment the driver of a Morrisons articulated lorry made a very close pass on two cyclists while overtaking them on a country road in Aberdeenshire, despite double white lines and oncoming traffic.
The road.cc reader who recorded the footage, who goes by the name Doric Cycling, told us: “This happened on the A957 Slug Road between Banchory & Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, on 17th of July.
“I emailed the footage to South Aberdeenshire Police who at first were a bit ... unconcerned?
“I seemed to have to point out, it was not just a close pass, I was travelling over 10mph on a road with double white lines, and did they fail to see the vehicle coming in the other direction.
“And surely it was bad enough that he did it to me, but then also did the same to the cyclist ahead of me?”
The Highway Code stating under Rule 129:
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.
Doric Cycling continued: “After several days of emails back and forward, I was told that they would only act, if I made an official complaint & statement, the cyclist ahead of me did the same, and the driver of the vehicle going the opposite direction did the same.
“That just all seemed highly unlikely to organise", he added.
“Morrisons were uninterested in viewing the video, and said they would prefer the police handled it.”
Doric Cycling concluded: “I apologise for my language, even though it was spontaneous, I really regret 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.
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.