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Death by Dangerous or Careless Cycling offence to be Introduced

by | May 22, 2024 | Articles, Driving Offence Advice

In a significant change to UK cycling laws & laws relating to the road, the government has agreed to introduce an offence for causing death or serious injury by dangerous or careless cycling. This amendment follows a campaign led by Conservative MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, advocating for greater accountability for reckless cyclists. His ammendment to the Criminal Justice Bill was backed in the House of Commons by 37 Conservative MP’s.

New Legislation for Death by Dangerous or Careless Cycling

Highlighting the urgency of the matter, Duncan Smith stressed that the initiative is not intended to be “anti-cycling,” referencing the tragic case of Kim Briggs, who lost her life in 2016 after a collision with cyclist Charlie Alliston in east London. Alliston, riding a fixed-gear bike without a front brake, was convicted of causing bodily harm but acquitted of manslaughter under outdated 19th-century legislation.

During the parliamentary session, Duncan Smith was accompanied by Matthew Briggs, Kim’s husband, who has been advocating for legal reforms and criticised the government for succumbing to what he termed as a “militant cycling lobby.

Duncan Smith shed light on the complex legal process faced by victims’ families, with presiding judges labelling it a “mockery” due to inadequacies in existing laws. He clarified that the proposed amendment aims at fostering safe and responsible cycling practices.

The government pledged to ensure parity in penalties between cyclists and motor vehicle operators for similar offences, with the Department for Transport set to present an updated amendment in the House of Lords.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper asserted the need for accountability, stating, “Just like car drivers who flout the law, we are backing this legislation introducing new offences around dangerous cycling.”

Labour expressed cautious interest, emphasizing the necessity of understanding the bill’s provisions and potential ramifications. However, Shadow Minister Jack Cunningham signalled Labour’s intention to address the issue if they assume power.

While some cycling groups welcomed the proposed legislation, concerns were raised regarding its effectiveness in enhancing road safety. Duncan Dollimore from Cycling UK urged for comprehensive reforms rather than piecemeal adjustments to existing laws.

Road safety charity Brake urged the government to fulfil its commitments beyond legislative changes, calling for the publication of a new Road Safety Strategy to mitigate road-related fatalities and injuries across all modes of transportation. Lucy Straker from Brake emphasized the need for holistic measures to promote safe travel alternatives.

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