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Driver caught on camera doing dangerous passing move on Kaimai Ranges

A truck driver filmed the moment a motorist drives into incoming traffic in a dangerous passing manoeuvre.

Police are looking for the driver, which truck driver Warren Gaiger filmed on Tuesday at 11.25am.

The video shows Gaiger heading in the direction of Tauranga, going uphill. Ahead of him is a logging truck, while two consecutive trucks and trailers are coming towards him, heading in the direction of Waikato in a single lane.

As Gaiger gets closer to the trucks a dark-coloured SUV pulls into Gaiger’s lane, heading straight for him in the inside lane, beside the logging truck.

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You can hear the truck driver’s stunned expletive-loaded reaction as he sees the vehicle. As it nears Gaiger it crosses further over into the outside lane on the wrong side of the road.

Gaiger couldn’t comment on the incident, but police said they had received a report of dangerous driving on SH29 near Matamata.

A police spokesperson said they are following strong lines of enquiry to locate the driver of the offending vehicle.

A car was caught on the wrong side of the road on the Kaimai Ranges on Tuesday morning.

Warren Gaiger/Supplied

A car was caught on the wrong side of the road on the Kaimai Ranges on Tuesday morning.

Police said they were appalled at the disregard some motorists showed for the safety of other road-users. Police urged motorists not to attempt risky overtaking manoeuvres when they don’t have sufficient space to complete it safely.

“If you’ve witnessed dangerous driving please make a report to police, including registration plate number and make or colour of the vehicle, so that we can conduct follow-up enquiries and hold offending drivers accountable for their actions.”

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