Grant Shapps promises to establish a new “death by reckless cycling” law.
A crackdown that Grant Shapps has proposed today will see killer cyclists prosecuted similarly to killer drivers.
The Transport Secretary claims in a piece for The Mail(plus) that he wants to close an “archaic” legal loophole that only allows for a two-year maximum sentence for negligent cyclists who kill pedestrians.
The overhaul, he claims, is required to “impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with carelessness.” He criticizes “a selfish minority” of aggressive riders and claims that they are to blame for the problem.
According to his plan, the Transport Bill, which must be submitted to Parliament in the fall, would include a new law against causing death by reckless cycling.
He writes that the bereaved families of cyclist murder victims have “waited too long for this simple measure.”
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The 47-year-old MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, Danny Kruger, has previously urged the government to take action and criticized a four-year delay in passing new laws following a consultation on risky cycling.
Mr. Kruger criticized the government’s ‘not good enough’ response time to the problem.
Mr. Kruger questioned Mark Spencer, the 52-year-old leader of the House of Commons, in front of lawmakers, about the government’s plans for the situation.
Mr. Spencer made a commitment that the government would enact harsher punishments for cyclists who cause serious injury or death.
Six years ago, one of Mr. Kruger’s constituents died in an accident involving bicycles, which he mentioned in the Commons.
He claimed that swifter action should have been taken to avert similar tragedies.
It happens amid worries about the number of people killed and seriously hurt while cycling.
After suffering “catastrophic injuries” when he struck her as she crossed OId Street in East London in February 2016, careless cyclist Charlie Alliston killed Kim Briggs.
Mr. Alliston was found not guilty of manslaughter but found guilty of “furious and wanton driving” in Victoria and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, announced in January that the government would introduce legislation that would treat fatal cycling accidents on an equal footing with traffic violations.
“In May 2016, my constituent Peter Walker’s wife Diana was killed in an accident with a cyclist in the high street in Pewsey,” Danny Kruger said in a statement to the Commons.
A consultation on a new crime of causing death by reckless cycling was announced by the government the following year.
The Government assured my predecessor Claire Perry in 2018 that the results of that consultation would be released the following year.
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