Government looking into careless or dangerous cycling offence



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.

Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres fined £300,000 after forklift overturned


Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres has been fined £300,000 after a worker was fatally injured in an incident involving a forklift truck.

In July 2014, the worker was transporting tyres when the forklift truck ran over a loose tyre on the road. The forklift overturned and he was crushed between the vehicle and the ground. He was not wearing his seatbelt.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that the Grantham-based tyre retread firm had no company policy in place to instruct workers to wear seatbelts while operating forklift trucks.

An investigation by the HSE found that if the tyres had been secured correctly, this would have prevented them from rolling into the roadway and would have reduced the risk of the forklift truck overturning.

It said the incident could have been prevented if Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres had enforced the use of seatbelts at its site.

The company was fined £300,000 with £25,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Lincoln Crown Court on 15 September.