Road Justice

Road casualties can and should be prevented, but the justice system fails to promote safety on our roads by not treating road crime as real crime. To make our roads safer, Cycling UK is campaigning for a justice system that discourages bad driving, educates drivers to a higher standard, takes bad drivers off the roads, and delivers just and safe outcomes. Why wouldn’t you want that?

The UK's road justice system is broken.

Over 10,000 drivers hold valid licences despite accruing 12 penalty points, with the routine claim of 'exceptional hardship' offering a loophole to dodge driving bans.

The maximum penalty for hit and run is 6 months imprisonment, whether you scratch a car in a car park, or leave someone seriously injured at the roadside.

And the confusion between 'careless' and 'dangerous' driving means drivers who put others at serious risk are often let off lightly, able to plead their driving was merely 'careless'.


Help us fix this broken system

Following Cycling UK's campaigning, the Westminister Government promised to carry out a full review of road traffic offences and penalties in 2014, but we're still waiting.

Cycling UK's report, Five Flaws: Failing Laws, identifies five failing laws which could be fixed via amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill currently passing through Parliament:

  • The underuse of disqualification to protect the public from dangerous drivers.
  • The ‘exceptional hardship’ loophole that lets drivers who should be disqualified back on the road.
  • ‘Hit and run’ sanctions not tough enough to make drivers stay at the scene when they know or ought to know that they’ve seriously hurt or killed someone.
  • A belittling penalty for ‘car-dooring’, an offence which continues to cause fatalities.
  • The confusing definitions of ‘careless’ and ‘dangerous’ driving.