Road safety minister to support 'death by dangerous cycling' law
The government is looking to introduce a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling, according to the Guardian.
The move follows concerns that there is no suitable legislation to deal with riders who are involved in incidents such as hitting pedestrians on pavements.
According to the Guardian report, Mike Penning, road safety minister, has privately promised to support a bill presented to the House of Commons by Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom, who is campaigning on behalf of a family whose daughter was killed by a cyclist.
But the plans have been criticised by cycling groups who argue such deaths are so rare that a new law is unnecessary, and that this issue is a distraction from the threat to pedestrians posed by cars.
Currently, cyclists can be fined for dangerous or careless cycling but more serious offences can only be dealt with under a section of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. Ms Leadsom MP, a regular cyclist, insists she only wants to clear up a legal anomaly and is not seeking to vilify fellow riders.
Chris Peck, the CTC's policy co-ordinator, said: “If the DfT really wants to consider this as a serious proposal, then they need to consider the use of all road traffic offences.
“Currently, only around 25% of road deaths are prosecuted using causing death by careless or dangerous, or causing death while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We have recorded dozens of cases where the deaths of vulnerable users, including many cyclists, are simply never prosecuted."
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