Government looking into careless or dangerous cycling offence

Ashleigh Wight
September 21, 2017


The government is considering introducing a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving for cyclists.

It is to explore the case for introducing the new offences to protect both cyclists and pedestrians over the next few months. Following the publication of its results early next year, the government plans to consult the public and cycling organisations on ways cycle safety could be improved for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

The consultation is expected to consider the rules of the road, public awareness, safety risks and guidance and signage for all road users.

Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences.

“We’ve seen the devastation that reckless cycling and driving can cause, and this review will help safeguard both Britain’s cyclists and those who share the roads with them.”

The Mayor of London has laid out plans for a ninth Cycle Superhighway in central London, linking Kensington Olympia to Brentford.

In July an HGV driver was fined £1,000 for overtaking a cyclist in a dangerous manner.

About the Author


Ashleigh Wight

Ashleigh is a former news reporter for Commercial Motor and Motor Transport and currently the editor of OHW+ and HR and wellbeing editor at Personnel Today.

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