Safe Drivers and Vehicles

1 in 5 motorists who kill are not banned - is this justice?
CTC, the national cycling charity, has analysed data showing that only 80% of motorists convicted of killing another road user have their licence taken away, compared to 94% ten years ago.

 
 
New Kent Road, London - where cyclist Kristian was fined
After cyclist Kristian Gregory posted helmet-cam footage of himself being fined for straying from a sub-standard cycle track, the Met Police say they will ease off 'over-zealous' enforcement on this spot. However, Kristian still faces a possible fine, as do many others fined for similar 'offences'.

 
 
Police and Ambulance attending a road crash
The release of the latest reported road casualties for Great Britain show that cyclist serious injuries and deaths dropped in 2013. Combined with the news earlier this month that cycle use has risen slightly, this looks like a positive story.

 
 
The offending sticker on the back of a bus
After months of letters sent back and forth between cycling organisations and Transport for London (TfL), a positive meeting was held this week to discuss how to improve the notorious and omnipresent ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers.

 
 
The original offending image, now deemed acceptable
The original finding, issued in January, upheld a complaint calling for helmets to be worn in adverts involving cyclists. Thanks to work by Cycling Scotland and CTC, that finding has now been reversed.

 
 
A smashed helmet
In a landmark ruling, the German Supreme Court has ruled that it is not 'negligent' to cycle without a helmet, hence there is no justifiable reason for reducing the injury compensation payable to helmetless cyclists. Now, CTC says the Highway Code needs to change.

 
 
Sentencing guidelines for driving offences must be overhauled
Rhia Weston examines whether judges wilfully misinterpret sentencing guidelines when imposing driving bans.

 
 
Simeon Maskrey QC speaking at the sentencing debate
The debate on Friday 13 June highlighted high levels of dissatisfaction with the sentencing of drivers who endanger other road users. It also aimed to influence the Sentencing Council's review of sentencing guidelines for driving offences.

 
 
The Government has proposed to increase fines for driving offences
The maximum fines that magistrates can impose for road traffic offences are set to rise under new proposals from the Ministry of Justice.

 
 
Renault truck with large side windows
EU ministers approve eight year delay on introducing HGV safety measures that could save hundreds of lives every year.

 
 
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