Cycling, Road Safety and Sentencing Policy

Thank you for contacting me about road and cycle safety and the law.

I welcome the news that vital action is being taken to stop the anguish and misery caused by the actions of dangerous drivers. Life sentences are being introduced for those who cause death by dangerous driving, and for careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs, while a new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving is to be created. This is one part of Government action aimed at making roads safer for everyone.

These tougher sentences come after an overwhelming response to a consultation, which revealed substantial backing for the plans from a wide range of people including victims, bereaved families and road safety experts. The maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving or causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will be increased from 14 years to life.

Jesse Norman, the responsible Minister, is consulting on the proposals produced by the Cycle Safety Review. This 12-week consultation will run until the 5 November 2018 and you can respond to it online or by email or post.

The contact details are as follows:

Online: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/new-cycling-offences-causing-death-or-serious-injury-when-cycling

Post: Pauline Morgan
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 4DR

Email: CWISnewoffences@dft.gov.uk

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

August 2018