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Police issued warning to BMW driver who almost hit cyclist head-on after overtaking another car

One of the earlier videos in our Near Miss of the Day feature generated a discussion in the comments about what action, if any, the police would take.

Four months on, the cyclist who took the video, YouTube user uphillfreewheeler, has got in touch to give us an update.

> Near Miss of the Day 8: Speeding BMW driver nearly hits cyclist head-on after overtaking car

At the time of the incident in June, in which a BMW driver overtaking another vehicle at speed almost hit him head-on, he said: "The speed limit is 60 mph which the driver was obviously exceeding.

"He could have aborted the manoeuvre but preferred to drive straight towards me at at least 70 mph."

He reported it to Thames Valley Police, who have issued a Notice of Intended Prosecution against the registered keeper of the vehicle.

In his update, he revealed that it turned out to be a hire car, and that Thames Valley Police told him they had tracked down the driver in September, but never prosecute motorists for careless driving based on third party camera footage.

Instead, the driver was given an ‘official warning’.

Police told uphillfreewheeler: “The driver was spoken to about the incident and he recalled the incident.

“He was apologetic for his actions and felt that it did not reflect well on himself that he was reported by a member of the public because of his manner of driving.

“The driver was provided with details of the YouTube video and advised to watch this.

“He was warned about the manner of his driving and stated that he would take this on board and certainly pay more attention to cyclists.

“The driver was given a verbal warning on this occasion but this is recorded on the Thames Valley Police system and should any further incident occur this would be highlighted and taken into account,” police added.

So, no prosecution – but a motorist who in future will act more carefully around cyclists and other road users, you'd hope.

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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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