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Near Miss of the Day 910: Cyclist "let down" by police response to shocking close pass by speeding driver

The cyclist said the incident left him "shaken", and says Essex Police are yet to respond to his complaint...

A cyclist who was on the receiving end of a shocking close pass from a speeding driver with a traffic island approaching that left him "shaken" has criticised police for offering the offending driver the choice of points or a fine as punishment. 

road.cc reader Tony, who goes by the name CykelTony on YouTube, was cycling along a slight downhill on the A128 in Brentwood, Essex back in April. The downhill meant he was doing around 25-30mph when the incident occurred. 

"It's a fast road with a 50mph limit", Tony told road.cc. 

"I was approaching a traffic island by the entrance to a country club when I was shockingly passed at high speed by this driver, coming incredibly close to my right-hand side and cutting back in front sharply to make the traffic island. I was shocked at the recklessness, and shouted at the driver.

"It's one of the few incidents that truly left me shaken, I found myself having to stop a couple of times afterwards to collect myself and calm down, as it kept replaying in my mind.

"I reported it to Essex Police as soon as I got home. After chasing for the result, they stated the driver will be offered the choice of a driving course or points and fine. 

"I felt let down by this and did write to them to complain about the outcome, but to date have not received a response."

road.cc has contacted Essex Police for comment. 

> 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.

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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

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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fixit | 3 weeks ago
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"I have a mercedes, I can do what ever I want.." bmw-mercedes-audi psychopaths are all around us. 

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wtjs replied to fixit | 3 weeks ago
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bmw-mercedes-audi psychopaths are all around us

It might have been me writing- except Any GTI and Range Rover were missed out

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ktache replied to wtjs | 3 weeks ago
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And The Jag, especially the utterly ridiculous SUV ones...

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Muddy Ford | 3 weeks ago
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And when this new 'dangerous cycling' offence comes into law, we can all guess how the police will treat any report of cyclists 'close passing' pedestrians 'at speed'..it will be in the local paper 'police asking for dashcam evidence' and a relentless pursuance of the cyclist so they can prosecute and justify the effort spent on adding this law. 

Look how every cyclist who rides their bike in a no-cycling pedestrianised area is always fined when stopped, there's no 2wk limit and requirement to provide 2 minutes of video either side of the alleged offence, no judgement made by police 'well they weren't actually cycling', no warning letters, etc.  

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Mr Anderson | 3 weeks ago
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I judged that to be a deliberate high speed close pass.  The road was clear for the driver to follow the Renault(?), instead the driver held back until the cyclist was close to the island, then accelerated hard.

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HoarseMann | 3 weeks ago
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At least they did something. I think points and a fine or a course is a reasonable outcome for passes like this.

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Rendel Harris replied to HoarseMann | 3 weeks ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

At least they did something. I think points and a fine or a course is a reasonable outcome for passes like this.

Can we not change the "or" for "and"? In most walks of life if you demonstrate an inability to follow the conditions of licensing for an activity you would face sanction and be ordered to undertake retraining, I'm not quite sure why drivers are permitted an either/or approach.

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HoarseMann replied to Rendel Harris | 3 weeks ago
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It's because the police are under-funded. It's easier for them to pass the driver off to a third party course provider. I agree that both would be ideal, but so often there's no sanction whatsoever.

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jamesha100 replied to HoarseMann | 3 weeks ago
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I agree - if the driver takes the course option and is caught repeating this behaviour within a few years he will get points and a fine rather than the option to retake the course.

Not really sure what the Police did wrong here. 

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wtjs | 3 weeks ago
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After chasing for the result, they stated the driver will be offered the choice of a driving course or points and fine

But they could be lying, and you need to look at what they have written very carefully- try to avoid phone conversation with the police, as you have no record- I never give them a number, as it's an invitation to several police dodges. I have showed this one umpteen times before

https://upride.cc/incident/4148vz_travellerschoicecoach_closepass/

This was before they came up with the Other, Other Dodge where they never respond to anything ever, and they issued a carefully worded deception letter where they said that police action could include followed by a number of the usual possibilities. The logic is that the outcome could be no action at all, and subsequent event showed that 'no action' is what they actually did. Lying and deception by the police are common

 

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open_roads replied to wtjs | 3 weeks ago
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"Will be" is a helpful distraction response to mask the fact time has passed and they actually haven't done anything.

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OldRidgeback | 3 weeks ago
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That was terrible driving. The person in the Renault showed how it should be done and then the person in the white car showed how it shouldn't. It's of note too that the BMW driver afterwards stayed behind. At least the police have taken some action. 

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Rendel Harris | 3 weeks ago
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Shocking pass. Error in first paragraph though, the driver wasn't offered a choice between points or a fine (I don't think they're allowed to do that), they were offered the choice of a driving course or points and a fine.

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Festus replied to Rendel Harris | 3 weeks ago
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I live in Thurrock Essex and that is classed as a normal pass for me,  98000 motorists were caught speeding in Essex 2023

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wtjs replied to Festus | 3 weeks ago
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that is classed as a normal pass for me

And so it is in Lancashire. The video above shows the typical 'wide angle' view from a lower viewpoint, which makes everything look closer and faster and produces a distorted view of the overtaking vehicle. My view below is from a video with a smaller field of view which looks more like the cyclists eyes view from a headcam, and it's on a standard suburban road with lanes not narrower than the road shown in the video above. This Volvo YX07 VFF remains completely in the left lane throughout (this is standard Lancashire driving: if there's oncoming traffic, overtake anyway). This is regarded by Lancashire Constabulary as normal good driving, because he didn't hit me- the b******s

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open_roads replied to Rendel Harris | 3 weeks ago
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The choice of a course shouldn't be an option for wilful acts that put people's lives at risk.

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