Cycling Offences | November 2018

I have received numerous letters regarding cycling offences.
Every road user has a responsibility to behave safely and with consideration for others as set out in the Highway Code. Whether addressing cyclists or motorists, policymakers need to keep in mind that cyclists are among our most vulnerable road users and that cycling is a mode of transport to be encouraged.
The Highway Code clearly sets out rules for cyclists on equipment, clothing and the use of lanes and crossings. There is currently a range of offences available to the police to charge cyclists who cause harm to pedestrians or other road users. Sections 28-30 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 include dangerous or careless cycling and cycling while under the influence of drink or drugs, which carries a maximum penalty of £2,500. At the most serious end of the scale, manslaughter or wanton and furious driving can be charged.
The Government has already carried out a consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death and serious injury. The Government responded by confirming proposals to increase the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving and for causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life. A new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving was also created.
November 2018

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