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24 February 2016 - 9:48am
Daniel's family donate to Road Justice
Daniel Squire
Daniel Squire, 18, was killed by a van, whose driver had failed to see him cycling along a straight road on a clear day. Yet a jury cleared the driver of all charges, even though he had been texting continuously until seconds before the collision. Daniel's devastated family want to stop distracted driving and are now donating monies raised through fundraising to CTC's Road Justice campaign.
19 February 2016 - 10:45am
Careless Brighton taxi driver judged ‘fit and proper’
Two cyclists on the beach with bikes at Brighton
Drive carelessly and knock a cyclist off her bike. Leave her on the road and fail to stop. Of course you're a fit and proper person to drive a taxi along Brighton seafront. Welcome to the merry go round where protecting taxi drivers trumps public safety.
17 February 2016 - 3:01pm
Ban unsafe lorries from London if standards not met
View from a Mercedes Benz direct vision cab
CTC urges cyclists to support its call for a ban on lorries that do not meet direct vision standard by 2025. This plan could be extended to other parts of the UK too.
17 February 2016 - 2:44pm
Take action for safer lorries
Picture of a direct vision Mercedes Lorry.
Transport for London (TfL) are seeking your views on a possible step towards safer lorries. But with your help, this could be the first step to a much bigger win. CTC is proposing a 'roadmap' so that, within a few years, the only lorries allowed on most built-up streets in London and elsewhere would be those whose cabs let the driver see cyclists as easily as bus drivers can.
12 January 2016 - 5:19pm
Road rage driver jailed for John Radford's death
John Radford
Michael Gledhill has been jailed for four years and eight months and disqualified from driving for four years for causing the death of former CTC Councillor John Radford by dangerous driving – a sentence that comes 30 months after the road rage incident that claimed the cyclist’s life.
8 January 2016 - 2:43pm
Drivers need better training and testing on cyclists' needs, says CTC
Cyclist on roads
CTC has told the Government that the system for training and testing drivers needs to boost their understanding of cyclists and how to share the roads with them safely and considerately - and that including cycle training as part of the process would help achieve this. We've also called for the licensing process to toughen up on bad driving.
22 December 2015 - 1:25pm
Government letting unsafe drivers “off the hook”
Fatal Collision sign
CTC, the national cycling charity, expressed concern that the Government’s new Road Safety Statement issued yesterday (21 December) effectively lets unsafe drivers “off the hook”.
7 December 2015 - 2:51pm
Curfew in 'seven second' cyclist's death by careless driving case
Gold Scales of Justice picture
Driver Derek Edward Chenney has been sentenced to a curfew order and a two year driving disqualification after admitting to causing the death of head teacher Paul Miller by careless driving. Chenney drove into the illuminated cyclist, having failed to see him for seven seconds. But why was he charged with 'careless' rather than 'dangerous' driving?
30 November 2015 - 1:32pm
Judge Enright gets it just right
Scales of justice
At last, a senior member of the legal profession showing sympathy for a cyclist. CTC is delighted to draw attention to the comments of Judge Sean Enright in the case of a tailgating lorry driver who pushed over an elderly cyclist, breaking his leg.
27 November 2015 - 3:11pm
CTC tells Parliament and radio: We need lorry safety
While total police numbers are down 3.5%, roads police officers are down by 37%
CTC has marked Road Safety Week with two appearances in Parliament and one on Radio 4, calling for action to reduce lorry danger
24 November 2015 - 10:50am
CTC: Get tough on dodgy drivers and lorry operators
police car and cyclist
CTC has urged MPs to support increased resources for roads policing to improve safety for all road users. CTC’s Policy Director Roger Geffen told the Commons Transport Select Committee that cycle use has grown slowly but steadily since the late 1990s, but the risk per mile of a serious cycling injury started to increase from 2008.
13 November 2015 - 2:40pm
CTC concern over Coroner's inquest into cyclist death
Road Peace Memorial
CTC is concerned that a Coroner appears to have accepted police speculation that a lorry driver who drove into and ran over a cyclist would not have expected him to be on that road.
12 November 2015 - 3:11pm
Driver pleads guilty to causing John Radford's death
Picture of former CTC Councillor John Radford about to go cycling
The family of former CTC Councillor John Radford are one step closer on the road to justice after Michael Gledhill pleaded guilty to causing his death by dangerous driving. Sentence has been adjourned to January 2016, 30 months on from the road rage incident.
10 November 2015 - 11:23am
CTC win! Victims of road crime gain equal rights
Royal Courts of Justice. Photo by Cindy Andie Flickr (CC)
Earlier this year, CTC campaigned for changes to the Victims' Code to secure equal rights for victims of road crime. 1800 people contacted the Government within three days to support CTC's proposals within the Government's consultation, many of which are to be implemented later this month.
5 November 2015 - 11:10am
Police admit cash not safety behind driver retraining
Picture of pound sterling
According to media reports a Police and Crime Commissioner has suggested the motive for diverting road traffic offenders to re-training courses is down to cash not road safety.
30 October 2015 - 10:54am
Slow progress with sleepy drivers
Driver sleeping at the wheel of his car.
The Traffic Commissioner has finally called a Cornwall haulage company to a Public Inquiry 28 months after the deaths of two Land's End to John O'Groats cyclists as CTC presses for tighter regulation and enforcement against operators and employers.
20 October 2015 - 2:49pm
Careless driving and reckless sentencing
Bike next to scales of Justice. photo by Greg Raisman by flckr
Judge suspends prison sentence for lorry driver who caused a cyclist's death by careless driving whilst reaching for his mobile phone to listen to a sermon. Is it OK to be careless if you are associated with the church?
13 October 2015 - 1:55pm
Visible Roads Policing and Enforcement
Police cars in Exeter city centre by Simon Li via Flickr Creative Commons
CTC has made submissions to the Transport Committee Inquiry into Road Traffic Enforcement calling for a more visible and co-ordinated enforcement approach where driver re-training courses are not the default soft option.
13 October 2015 - 12:40pm
Collaborating against unsafe HGV's
Enforcement against rogue haulage operators moves forward
CTC's campaign for joined up enforcement of rogue goods vehicles operators moves forward with the creation of a new London Freight Enforcement Partnership.
24 September 2015 - 6:15pm
Department for Transport reports increase in cyclist serious injuries
Cycle commuting
Statistics released on Thursday by the Department for Transport show an upward trend in road casualties and in cyclists’ serious injuries. CTC argues this highlights the need for a reversal of cuts to roads policing and sustained investment in cycling infrastructure.
 
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