With a record-breaking 9,000-plus responses to the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) recent consultation on driving offences and penalties, there’s clear demand for a meaningful overhaul.
To do this, though, Cycling UK believes that the MoJ must look at issues beyond the consultation’s narrow focus on the most serious death and injury offences and tougher penalties for them (principally longer prison terms).
Debating the length of the jail term for the worst offenders, whilst ignoring sentencing and disqualification for repeat offenders and those committing common driving offences, sounds like a sticking plaster not a cure.”
Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s Senior Road Safety & Legal Officer
In our response, therefore, we deliberately overshot the restrictive consultation questions and covered: the problematic definitions of ‘careless’ and ‘dangerous’ driving which lead to all too many dangerous drivers being charged merely with the lesser, ‘careless’ offence; the wider use of disqualification as a sentencing option; the scope of the offence of car dooring and penalties for it; and an increase in the maximum penalties for failing to stop.
- Read more, and download Cycling UK’s official response.
- Do you do the Dutch Reach to stop you ‘car dooring’ anyone? Cycling UK’s Sam Jones explains what the life-saving practice is, and why both we and the Government need to spread the message about it.
Duncan’s blog of the month: why the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s (APPCG) inquiry, Cycling and the Justice System, should be hugely welcomed by anyone who rides a bike or numbers cyclists amongst their family or friends.