MPs to debate road justice in Parliament on 20 November
The backbench debate will be an opportunity for MPs to discuss why a review of key road traffic offences is needed to deliver road justice and promote road safety. Help Cycling UK ensure as many MPs as possible attend the debate and keep the pressure on Government to take action on Road Justice:
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 closed on 5 November.
99.4 % of pedestrian fatalities on Britain’s roads involve a motor vehicle, and while we await the latest casualty figures, we estimate that over 1,800 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
Our campaign, which is supported by Brake and RoadPeace, has also been backed by an incredible 13,000 people, who have written to their MP and the Department for Transport to support our consultation response, which can be read below:
A huge thanks to everyone who took part in that action and has helped us make a stand for road justice. If you haven't yet supported the campaign, you can still help us keep the pressure on Government by writing to your MP to urge them to attend the upcoming debate on road justice on 20 November.
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 the 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?