Cycling and the Justice System

The ‘All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’ have posted a request for evidence to allow them to review the case for cyclists and how incidents are handled by the Justice system. Our members may like to assist by forwarding their own experiences. The deadline for submitting evidence is the 16th of January 2017.

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In early 2017 we will be conducting an inquiry called ‘Cycling and the Justice System’. The select committee styled enquiry will seek the views and experiences of cycling organisations, Government departments and ministers, individuals and members of the general public on whether the current judicial system is serving all cyclists.

We are calling for cyclists who have been involved in road traffic incidents, or friends and families who have sought justice in their absence, to participate in their public inquiry which will run until 28 February.

The APPCG will run four oral evidence sessions in January and February 2017 on the following issues:

  1. Road users and victims
  2. Enforcement and investigation
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Driver awareness and civil justice

These are some of the issues that could be investigated:

  • Should there be greater priority of traffic law enforcement and’ road crime’ for all police forces?
  • Should police forces enforce 20mph speed limits, and speed reduction?
  • Should there be a revision of careless and dangerous driving charging standards
  • Should the ‘presumed liability’ civil compensation system be introduced?
  • Do police investigation, criminal prosecution, sentencing and inquests need reviewing?
  • How are prosecutors trained on the distinction between “careless” and “dangerous” driving?
  • Should there be more use of lengthy driving bans and resisting hardship pleas by the courts?
  • Should the DfT, Home Office and MOJ collaborate on collision and conviction data?
  • Should the Police and CPS be required to report on how they deal with road collisions?
  • Should there be a National Standards on collision investigation?
  • Should road crash victims be covered by the Victims’ Code?
  • Does the Highway Code need updating to reflect an increased duty of care on drivers?
  • Should there be a clearer definition of what is the standard of the competent and careful driver?
  • Should police forces/the CPS release the collision report when complete, and prior to conclusion of the criminal process?

If you would like to submit evidence to the inquiry, please email us your comments or experiences. Please submit a maximum of two pages of A4 and choose no more than five issues that you consider are the most important for us to consider in this inquiry. Please use ‘APPCG Justice Inquiry’ as the subject of the email.

The deadline for submitting evidence is the 16th of January 2017.