Safe Drivers and Vehicles

The Government has been told that traffic law enforcement needs specialist traffic officers and visible roads policing, but the numbers keep falling alongside the decline in detection of traffic offences. Whilst political will and more resources are needed, does the West Midland's close pass scheme show how, whilst we're waiting, clever enforcement can mean getting more for less?

 
 
Today Friday 3 March, defendants Ms Mandy Chapple (56) and Mr Farook Yusuf Bhikhu (56) were both summoned to Leicester Magistrates Court for the offence of opening a car door, or causing or permitting it to be opened, so as to cause injury, an action which resulted in the death of Leicester schoolteacher Sam Boulton.

 
 
Do you do the Dutch Reach? - 10 Feb 2017 - Blog
We all know the Dutch have it pretty sussed when it comes to cycling, but is copying the way they open their car doors going a step too far in our admiration? Campaigns and Communications Coordinator, Sam Jones says not.

 
 
With over 9000 responses to the Government consultation on driving offences and penalties a clear message has been sent - the system needs an overhaul, and just tinkering with it won't do. Here's what Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK's senior road safety officer has told them they should start with - we'll see if, as the Prime Minister promised on day one in office, this is a government that will listen.

 
 
Cycling and the Justice System - 27 Jan 2017 - Blog
The parliamentary inquiry into cycling and the justice system kicks off next week. Those who would like the justice system to do a better job for cyclists can support the inquiry, and make a noise about it. Those who prefer to just complain can join the naysayers. Senior road safety and legal campaigner Duncan Dollimore explains...+

 
 
The Sunday Times says it's fine for national newspapers to print articles promoting and encouraging crime, distressing victims families, and with boasts about the columnist's own attempted crimes. You just print it and say you were being heavily ironic - the poorest excuse for lazy journalism ever.

 
 
5,500 people have emailed the Government in support of our 'Road Victims are Real Victims' campaign, and to tell them not to cheat vulnerable road users out of injury compensation. If you're not one of them, perhaps you don't yet realise how the interests of insurers now seem to trump those of crash victims, and what may be about to be taken away from you! Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore explains:

 
 
The injuries suffered by cyclist Jaiqi Liu, hit by Chris Grayling MP’s ministerial car door, has prompted a mocking response from Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Cycling UK Policy Director Roger Geffen reacts.

 
 
Cycling UK demands retraction after columnist Rod Liddle supports ‘car dooring’

 
 
Cycling UK's today (Friday 16 December) reacted to the news of the car dooring incident involving Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP and cyclist Jaiqi Liu, touching upon the criminal and civil legal implications of the incident, and how it highlights the need for national design standards to create Space for Cycling.

 
 
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