Close passes made by a driver behind the wheel of any vehicle can be frightening, but ones made by drivers of lorries are particularly noticeable because of the large size and wheelbase. The driver of this lorry decided to pass so fast and so close to the cyclist that she was forced off the road, however having the truck registered in a different country turned out to be a cheat code as the police "couldn't do anything".
Holly was riding her bike on the A388 in Hatt, just a few miles north-west of Plymouth when she passed by the driver in the articulated lorry. The driver even uses a little horn right when they are passing the cyclist, making the already risky close-pass even more frightening.
Despite dangerously wobbling, she managed to steady herself, but not before having been completely forced off the white line marking the road. She told road.cc that she was travelling at approximately 20mph, the visibility was good and she was also wearing hi-vis clothing.
She went on to report the incident on the same day that it happened, including the name of the haulier firm, the company's email address, and also its physical address in the Netherlands.
After a couple of weeks, she received a call from the police force, but it turned out to be regarding a different close pass case. In the call, she brought up the issue, mentioning that no action had been taken so far on the lorry driver's close pass, to which they replied that they would contact the company and try to "clearly see who the vehicle belonged to".
She was later informed that the police would be unable to do anything as the truck was registered in the Netherlands. She said: "It blows my mind that foreign drivers can risk people's lives and have no repercussions.
"I ended up contacting the company myself and apparently they have 'spoken to the driver'."
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.
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Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.