Road Justice

On Friday evening, cyclists in Leicester will be thinking about Sam Boulton as they gather for a ride to remember an inspirational teacher, whose life was cut short when a car door was opened in front of him, knocking him off his bicycle and into the path of a passing van. With another bereaved family repeating calls for car-dooring to be taken seriously Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore says it's time for cross-party action from MPs to stop avoidable tragedies being trivialised as 'accidents'.

 
 
The Government’s contradictory plans for tacking air pollution and investing in roads have both hit the news this week. They were debated in Parliament too, as was equestrian safety. Cycling UK made sure cycling got mentioned in three debates on successive days.

 
 
The legal framework and sentencing policy - 4 Jul 2017 - Campaigning Views
The legal framework and sentencing for driving offences need to reinforce the message that endangering other road users is unacceptable.

 
 
Prosecutors and courts - 4 Jul 2017 - Campaigning Views
To reinforce the message that driving that endangers other road users is socially unacceptable, prosecutors and courts should not dismiss 'dangerous' driving as merely 'careless'.

 
 
Three years since it was first promised, three Justice Secretaries later, nine thousand consultation responses, a two-year legislative programme, but we are still waiting for new legislation on road traffic offences and penalties. As the Queen announces what the Government will do in the next two years, Duncan Dollimore explains that there is silence on the promise to tackle bad driving and improve road safety.

 
 
Cycling UK's reaction to the Queen’s Speech - 21 Jun 2017 - Press Release
Following the official opening of this extended Parliament of two years with the Queen’s Speech in House of Lords today (Wednesday 21 June), Cycling UK has given its overall reaction to the proposed Bills and measures which will have a direct impact on cycling.

 
 
Farook Yusuf Bhikhu convicted in a case relating to the death of Leicester teacher Sam Boulton

 
 
Twenty six year old inspirational teacher Sam Boulton died last year in a car dooring incident. With the private hire driver's trial due to start next week, Duncan Dollimore looks at what needs to be done to make sure that dooring is taken seriously, and drivers are made aware of the dangers.

 
 
Our Lawless Roads - 11 May 2017 - Blog
'Our Lawless Roads' is the detailed report the national road victims' charity RoadPeace published yesterday which calls for a reversal in the cuts to traffic police numbers. With falling prosecutions, increased numbers of drivers failing to stop after collisions, and deliberately aggressive driving on the increase, Cycling UK believes we need visible roads policing to ensure offenders fear the consequences if they're caught. Duncan Dollimore looks into Our Lawless Roads.

 
 
Cycling UK today (Tuesday, 02 May) welcomes the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group report ‘Cycling and the Justice System’ which identifies the loophole which every year allows over 8,500 drivers with 12 points or more on their licences to continue driving and calls for it to be closed.

 
 
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