- Kate Proctor Tuesday 31 January 2017
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Cyclists injured or killed on London’s roads are too often being “failed” by the justice system, a Westminster inquiry heard today.
Compensation claims, driver sentences and the current system of proving who is at fault after a crash are among the issues MPs have vowed to investigate following major concerns cyclists are being discriminated against.
Ruth Cadbury MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cycling which is leading the inquiry, said: “We know there are examples where cyclists have not received the justice that they deserved.
“London has seen a huge investment in cycling over the last 15 years and the numbers of a cyclists are at an all time high and thankfully fatalities are falling, but when cyclists are involved in crashes and have life changing injuries, too often the justice system fails to punish the driver adequately.
The London MP added: “Our inquiry will investigate whether more needs to be done to tighten up the investigation and prosecution of drivers who have injured or killed cyclists.”
At the first of five hearings, MPs heard from representatives from Cycling UK, RoadPeace and personal injury lawyer Martin Porter QC as well as Julie Dinsdale, who lost her leg in a crash at Old Street in 2015.