A proposed new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving will carry a maximum sentence of five years.
The new offence will be introduced as an amendment to the Government’s Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.
The maximum jail term for dangerous driving is two years, while those convicted of death by dangerous driving can face up to 14 years. Last year more than 3,000 drivers were convicted of dangerous driving and 154 of causing death by dangerous driving. The proposed new offence will fill a gap between these two offences.
The proposed new offence will be dealt with at magistrates and crown courts and drivers could also face an unlimited fine alongside a jail term.
Kenneth Clarke, justice secretary, said: "We have listened to the victims of dangerous drivers, their families, MPs, judges and road safety groups and their experiences have directly informed these changes.”
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