Sentencing guidelines for causing death by driving were last consulted on in 2007. The Sentencing Council began reviewing the sentences given for causing death and serious injury but this research was put on hold when the MoJ began discussing changes to the causing death and serious injury driving offences.
Sentencings, including with driving bans, do not come near the maximum possible. Families, the public and parliament/MPs are shocked at the leniency shown criminals who have killed and injured people on the roads, especially vulnerable road users posing no risk to others. Society expects much from sentencing. It should both punish and rehabilitate the offender whilst also protecting the public.
The recent MoJ consultation on Driving offences and penalties relating to death and serious injury posed just three changes
- New maximum custodial sentence of life imprisonment for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving and Causing Death by Careless Driving Whilst Under the Influence of Drink/Drugs.
- New minimum driving disqualification of two years for all Causing Death by driving charges.
- A new charge of Causing Serious Injury by Careless Driving with a maximum three year custodial sentence.
Whilst the consultation did ask about other suggested changes, this was not the full review of driving offences announced in May 2014. Much reform is still outstanding.