London Evening Standard)
- ROSS LYDALL
- a day ago
NHS midwife Julie Dinsdale, 54, was crushed under the HGV as it turned left across her path as she and her partner cycled in Old Street in October 2015.
Florin Oprea, who had been working for Tesco for four days and was driving one of its HGVs solo for the first time, was fined £625 and given five points at Blackfriars crown court last August after he admitted careless driving.
Ms Dinsdale last week told the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s inquiry into cycling and the justice system of her dismay that Oprea was not banned. The driver went on to work for a logistics firm, the court heard.
Asked by MP Alex Chalk if there should be a tougher offence of causing injury by careless driving, she said: “It would be a bigger deterrent to people driving carelessly.
“The guy was driving up until he was sentenced. There was no attempt to look at how he was driving, and no ban, no checking that he was driving any better than he was when he hit me.”
Mr Chalk said careless driving carried a maximum penalty of nine points or disqualification, “which seems inadequate”.
A total of 3,430 cyclists were killed or seriously hurt in the UK in the 12 months to September, up two per cent on the previous year.