Tackling common, bad driving offences effectively would help create a safer and more attractive environment for cycling and walking. (This briefing covers: speeding, drink/drug driving, mobile phone use, driving without entitlement).
80-year-old George Barrett was sentenced today to a suspended prison term, having been convicted of causing the death of cyclist and Cycling UK member Ian Jobson by careless driving. It raises the question of how we deal with the mobility of an ageing population and the tests needed to ensure that both elderly drivers and others with impairment are still fit, and safe, to drive.
Transport for London today announced the launch of a new bus safety programme, including a plan to incentivise safety in its contracts. With further promises of more transparency in collision investigations, and the UK’s first incident support service for those injured in collisions, is a public authority finally listening to the voice of campaigners and independent report recommendations?
Drivers given delivery schedules they can’t safely achieve. Employers cutting corners and costs when putting profit before safety. Guaranteed delivery promises which incentivise risky driving. A tale of corporate indifference to road casualties which demands a cultural change - or should we just follow the US example and make companies pay for unsafe practices that shatter lives?
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