Tuesday 2 May 2017 06.01 BST
Policing and the justice system are too often failing cyclists, making the roads too dangerous for people to ride on them, and then not properly prosecuting or banning motorists who commit offences, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned.
Dangerous drivers are increasingly likely to be permitted by courts to stay behind the wheel, the report found, with the number of driving bans falling 62% over the last 10 years, and ever-more people claiming exceptional hardship to avoid a disqualification.
The inquiry, by the all-party parliamentary cycling group, calls for police forces to give higher priority to roads policing, for police to be more receptive to video evidence from cyclists’ on-bike video cameras, and for serious offences to be prosecuted as dangerous rather than careless driving.
“The justice system is failing to protect cyclists, both by allowing dangerous and inconsiderate driving to go unchecked, and by letting down the victims of road crashes,” said the report, co-chaired by the Labour MP Ruth Cadbury and the Tory MP Alex Chalk.