Campaign update: The consultation on cycling offences closes on November 5th, but MPs have responded to calls by RoadPeace, Cycling UK and Brake for a more comprehensive review, and are debating it in parliament on November 20. Ask your MP to attend the debate. Scroll to the bottom of this page for links.
Our traffic laws need reform
Our traffic laws and their sentencing guidelines urgently need reform and have done for many of years. This is essential for our roads to be safer and feel safer.
Over four years ago, in May 2014, the Justice Minister did promise a comprehensive review. In response, the Sentencing Council put on hold its scheduled review of sentencing guidelines for motoring offences.
Since then – and over 8,000 deaths later, there have been a series of piecemeal initiatives but no comprehensive review of either the law or guidelines for sentencing. Initiatives included:
- MoJ consulted over a few changes
- Maximum lifetime custodial sentences for Causing death by dangerous driving and Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence
- Mandatory minimum two year driving ban for all causing death by driving offences
- New causing serious injury by careless driving
- Home Office consulted over the need for exemptions for police drivers from careless and dangerous driving
- DfT is now consulting over new causing death/serious injury by cycling.