British Cycling repeats call for wholesale review of justice system to properly protect cyclists
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 2:51pm 7 September 2012
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- Tagged with: careless driving, dangerous driving, minister for justice, british cycling, sustrans, ctc, cps
British Cycling has reiterated its demand (first made in the spring) for a review of the British justice system, calling for much greater protection for the most vulnerable people on our roads such as walkers and cyclists.
The London Cycling Campaign and other cycling organisations, including CTC and Sustrans, are united behind the campaign.
People are strongly urged to write to their MP using the template letter on the British Cycling website.
Former Olympic gold medalist Chris Boardman told BBC Breakfast today: "We want a full review of how the system operates all the way from the investigation of incidents where people are hurt on the road through to prosecution and sentencing."
So far 34 MPs have signed Early Day Motion 407 calling for the justice system to be reviewed, with Cambridge MP Julian Huppert playing a prominent role in promoting the EDM.
As part of ongoing our No More Lethal Lorries campaign, we've been lobbying regional and national decision-makers to no longer accept the blind-spot defence for lorry drivers who hit cyclists.
We've also called on the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute the worst drivers under dangerous driving laws, rather than the frequently accepted plea of careless driving, which has less severe penalties.