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Government to introduce harsher penalties for dangerous cycling

Updated: May 16

The Government has announced plans to introduce stringent laws for cyclists who cause death or serious injury.

This decision will align the penalties faced by cyclists with those applicable to drivers and motorcyclists under similar circumstances.

The new legal framework was revealed as Ministers supported an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill, proposed by Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP. The amendment calls for the establishment of offences related to causing death or serious injury by dangerous, careless, or inconsiderate cycling.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper stated that while most cyclists are responsible, it is essential that those who are not are held accountable. He highlighted that the proposed laws would ensure that cyclists who ignore safety rules will be subjected to the same legal standards as motorists who commit similar offences.

The updated amendment is set to be debated further as the Bill progresses to the House of Lords. This legislative change aims to enhance protection for all road users and ensure that justice is served for victims of reckless cycling behaviour.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “Most cyclists, like most drivers, are responsible and considerate. But it’s only right that the tiny minority who recklessly disregard others face the full weight of the law for doing so.

“Just like car drivers who flout the law, we are backing this legislation introducing new offences around dangerous cycling. These new measures will help protect law-abiding cyclists, pedestrians and other road users, whilst ensuring justice is done."

“I would like to thank Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP for bringing forward this amendment, and to all the campaigners who have tirelessly highlighted this issue – this is in recognition of their efforts in particular.”


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