Road Justice

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 cycling offences review

In May 2014 the government in Westminster promised to carry out a full review of road traffic offences and penalties, but we’re still waiting. Instead, the government are focusing solely on cycling offences, launching a consultation on proposed new offences which closes on 5 November.

99.4 % of pedestrian fatalities on Britain’s roads involve a motor vehicle, and whilst we await the latest casualty figures, we estimate that over 1,700 pedestrians have died on our roads since May 2014.

But the government plan to only look at cycling offences, tinkering around the edges of a desperately needed wider review, which should look at the way the justice system deals with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately dangerous behaviour by all road users.

What is Cycling UK doing?

Cycling UK want the government to broaden their review, to include taking action to:

  • Simplify and improve the legal definitions of unsafe driving behaviour
  • Increase the use of driving disqualifications and close the “exceptional hardship” loophole
  • Increase the current six month maximum prison sentence for failing to stop

Read our executive summary

We’ve already prepared an executive summary of our response to the government’s consultation, but we need your help to make our voice and yours heard.

You can do this by responding to the consultation and emailing your MP, and we’ve made it really easy for you to do this via our online action, with a template response and email letter.

Take action

A review of cycling offences alone ignores the elephant in the room, but to make sure that all road crime is treated as real crime we need you to take action to echo our call to government and ask your MP to do likewise.

Road traffic laws that deliver just and safe outcomes is our objective: why wouldn’t you want that?