Support road.cc

Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Near Miss of the Day 788: British Transport Police apologises for "lapse in judgement" from impatient officer

Today's Near Miss of the Day features a close pass from the very people meant to be protecting the public from dangerous driving...

Today's Near Miss of the Day comes courtesy of a road.cc reader who was on the receiving end of some impatient must get in front driving from... a police officer driving a British Transport Police vehicle. At least it was easy to work out where to send the complaint...

 The reader was riding a tandem through York when the police vehicle rushed ahead — despite oncoming traffic — resulting in "an unnecessary and uncomfortably close pass" at the narrowest point of the bridge.

> Near Miss of the Day 787: "It’s a cycle lane, innit?" Driver punishment passes cyclist for not riding on notorious Priory Road bike lane

"Nothing is gained, because it has to stop for lights. It's no surprise that it's almost impossible to get the police interested in dangerous driving in York," he told us.

But that's not where this story ends because, as we would recommend all cyclists who have recorded clips of close passes, they reported it to the police, making an official complaint via the British Transport Police website.

He received the following reply:

I am in receipt of your complaint regarding the BTP vehicle passing too close to you in York. I have watched the video that you supplied and concur that the decision to pass you at that point should have been given more thought as to possible repercussions of such action. Please accept my apologies on behalf of the British Transport Police for this lapse in judgement by the officers.

It is my intention to ascertain who the officers are and ask their supervision to have a reflective practice meeting with them to review the footage and identify any learning that is to be had and reflect on findings moving forward, so that a repeat does not happen.

> 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

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

Latest Comments

  • Rendel Harris 2 sec ago

    That would be a bit more credible if they hadn't gone all out to try and get Cav the record last year, wouldn't it?

  • Mungecrundle 1 hour 30 min ago

    Professional advice is always your gold standard. A GP referal is a good place to start but accessing those services can be difficult given the...

  • Calc 2 hours 1 min ago

    Why the hole?  It's so you are forced to buy their special seatpost.

  • d_jp 5 hours 6 min ago

    'that was "grippy" / a "grippy" stage' 'i love echelons' ... Adam Blythe

  • Lemonyhills 5 hours 19 min ago

    These would be ideal for security in the garage, and out and about for our bikes lost two in the past.

  • Brauchsel 5 hours 21 min ago

    But if it doesn't look like a car's going to pull up, you find someone in the same-coloured top as you and make them give you their bike. 

  • dabba 5 hours 56 min ago

    I bought an Anker 15w solar panel set to try for touring in Australia. It wasn't a success for me. I tried draping it over the rear panniers while...

  • TheBillder 6 hours 21 min ago

    I'm running a mid 90s chainset (originally had a 6 speed freewheel) with a 10 speed chain and cassette and it all works very well. I might be wrong...

  • capedcrusader 6 hours 37 min ago

    Re: Early morning raid on BV....

  • 11waterloo 6 hours 50 min ago

    Agreed on that, he was definitely part of my first week plans! Not to mention my French riders team - that is in tatters without Le Coq!