CTC calls for 'more and lengthier' driving bans
Data analysis by CTC shows that 80% of motorists convicted of killing another road user have their licence taken away, compared to 94% a decade ago.
CTC, the national cycling charity, says that despite a driving ban being mandatory for causing death by driving offences, 20% of those convicted don't have their licences withdrawn.
CTC also says that the Ministry of Justice data for 2013 shows that the average length of ban given when a fatality was caused has “plummeted” from 42 months in 2003 to 21 months in 2013.
CTC says that the figures “underscore the need for a re-evaluation of the use of driving bans”. The charity says that bans “should be used more frequently, be considerably longer, and be accompanied by driver education and a full, thorough retest”.
Rhia Weston, CTC's Road Justice campaign coordinator, said: “CTC is calling for more and lengthier driving bans; better education and thorough retesting of drivers who are banned; and greater enforcement of road traffic law, in light of evidence that the number and length of bans have been steadily declining.”
CTC also wants the Sentencing Council to make use of its forthcoming review of sentencing guidelines to emphasise longer driving bans as a sentencing option.
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