RoadPeace has welcomed a new report published this week by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking. The report, entitled Road Justice, follows an inquiry that explored how the justice system can support active travel and contribute to creating an environment where people feel safe walking and cycling.
This inquiry also revisits and reviews the work that took place in 2017 looking at cycling and the justice system. Since then the APPG’s remit has expanded to include walking and wheeling.
The report makes 10 key recommendations:
- Enhancing penalties for repeated offences
- Compulsory re testing
- Increased maximum sentences for dangerous drivers and fuller use of Police bail powers
- Exceptional hardship to be truly exceptional
- Removal of tolerances in speed enforcement
- Consistently thorough investigations of serious collisions
- Standardising third-party reporting systems
- A UK Commissioner for Road Danger Reduction
- Treating crash victims as victims of crime
- Widen understanding of the Highway Code
As the report says: ‘We owe it to the victims of road violence and their families to do everything we can to ensure that the system that allowed those tragic events to happen is improved and updated, to prevent them from happening in the future.’
RoadPeace will be working with the APPG and our other road danger reduction partners to ensure the Government takes up these recommendations.
You can read the report in full here: Road Justice
Updated on: 15 September 2023