Safe Drivers and Vehicles

DfT's 'hang back messaging' in its latest Think campaign video was flawed from the outset, says the UK's national cycling charity. So now it's time to take action and fill those inboxes with a call to drop the campaign. Maybe we can help them fill that hole that they keep on digging?

 
 
After two years where nothing has happened, with the Government’s long awaited motoring offences and penalties review stalled in first gear, we might at last have some answers about what it will look at, and a date for its publication.

 
 
Cycling UK has today (Friday, 30 September 2016) announced its delight at London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise “to ensure the most dangerous zero star-rated lorries are removed from our road”.

 
 
THINK before you blame the victim - 26 Sep 2016 - News
'Hang Back' from lorries is this morning's message from the DfT to cyclists. No mention on safer direct vision lorries, better infrastructure, driver responsibility or lorry restrictions. Just a message to cyclists about what they need to do to avoid being killed. Oh dear - perhaps the DfT should have looked and listened first.

 
 
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, the driver involved in the death of cyclist Mick Mason, received a summons on Saturday (6 August) to attend Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 September 2016 for the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This case was brought forward as a private prosecution by Cycling UK’s CDF.

 
 
Driver training, testing and licensing - 16 Aug 2016 - Campaigning Views
Many drivers also cycle, but those who don’t may not know what kind of driving behaviour puts cyclists at risk, or makes them feel unsafe. Making cycle awareness integral to the driver training and testing process would help tackle this.

 
 
What do the sale of psychoactive substances, dog fouling and cycling have in common? According to Mansfield District Council they're all anti-social activities which need to be banned, with offenders liable for fines for freewheeling down Leeming Street. If you cycle in Mansfield, then Cycling UK needs to hear from you urgently!

 
 
Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund has issued proceedings against Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, the driver involved in the collision which led to the death of London teacher Michael Mason two years ago. The private prosecution for causing death by careless driving follows months of fundraising by supporters after the Metropolitan Police declined to prosecute Ms Purcell.

 
 
Compensation for injured cyclists - 20 Jul 2016 - Campaigning Views
The rules about liability for road crashes need to be changed to make it easier and quicker for cyclists and pedestrians to be compensated if they are injured in collisions with motor vehicles.

 
 
Traffic law and enforcement: Overview - 12 Jul 2016 - Campaigning Views
Laws against bad driving and their enforcement should aim to protect all road users, including cyclists, from intimidation and injury.

 
 
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