Safe Drivers and Vehicles

MSPs from the SNP and Conservative parties join Greens in calling for a positive debate on continental-style 'presumed liability' rules, which also revealed strong cross-party support for investment in cycling and improved cyclists' safety.

 
 
On Tuesday, 29 October 2013, the Scottish Parliament will debate proposals for 'presumed liability' rules (also known as 'stricter liability'), whereby motorists involved in collisions with cyclists or pedestrians would be presumed liable in a civil law claim against them for damages.

 
 
Alex Paxton, the 27 year-old cyclist who is challenging a fixed penalty notice, appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court this afternoon. He pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for 5th December.

 
 
A report commissioned by Government into driver training has concluded that young people learning to drive should spend a maximum of 1 year undertaking the process, including 120 hours of practice. CTC supports the proposal, but suggests that cycle training be an integral part of learning to drive.

 
 
CTC has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron's confirmation during Prime Minister's questions on 9 October that the Government will conduct a review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences.

 
 
It is the first time this prestigious international event is being held outside continental Europe. The Giro d'Italia 2014 will travel from Belfast to Trieste in 21 stages and route details have just been announced.

 
 
Figures from CTC, the national cycling charity, obtained from Government data, show which locations in the country have the highest concentration of drivers with penalty points.

 
 
The Cycle Show is busy already on day one. Here at the NEC in Hall 11, Alex from the Apprentice is at large, the press room is buzzing - partly due to the coffee on tap - and the exhibitors are peddling their wares!

 
 
CTC, the national cycling charity, is bitterly dismayed over today's decision of the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh to allow 49-year-old Gary McCourt, whose driving has killed two cyclists, back on the roads.

 
 
This week Hope Fennell would have turned 15 had her short life not been tragically ended in 2011. A procession calling for improved road safety will be held in her name on Saturday 21 September in Birmingham.

 
 
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