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Jesse Norman Cycling minister
Thursday 5 October 2017 14.24 BST
Mr Norman, in this country a driver can deliberately drive along a pavement and kill a four year old child skipping along with her mother and walk free from court. Yesterday a woman walked free from court after killing a 91 year old man on a zebra crossing in Wanstead.
Robert Harris took a car with three bald tyres on the road and killed four people on bikes. He got fined £180.
Ichhpal Bharma killed a cyclist and drove 300 feet with the victim on the car bonnet before crashing into a tree. He was fined £35.
Cycling lobbyists have been PLEADING with you to review road deaths and the way a jury of drivers will rarely convict culpable killer drivers. For the last three years we’ve BEGGED you to look at how criminal drivers who kill escape spending a single day in prison almost 50% of the time. We’ve lobbied, written letters, clamoured for justice and you’ve done nothing, so it’s baffling that the only time you’ve spoken about the review that was promised three years ago was after a brakeless clown on a bike killed a woman who stepped in front of him.
In the last 10 weeks HGV drivers have killed seventen people and MPs sponsored by the road freight industry haven’t said a word.
Something is seriously wrong with road justice in this country, defective vehicles kill around 45 people every year and you said nothing, one idiot on a bike kills someone and there are questions in the house, appeals for law changes and over 3000 newspaper articles. What’s going on?