On 21 September 2017 Ministers announced a review of cycle safety. As part of this review, Laura Thomas, Partner (Barrister) at Birketts and independent legal expert reporting to the Department for Transport, has written a report that has been released today (Friday 9 March).
The full report is available via the GOV.UK website.
This report analyses whether the current applicable laws in respect of cyclists who cause serious injury or death are adequate and whether there is need for legislative change.
Ms Thomas has concluded that there is a persuasive case for legislative change to tackle the issue of dangerous and careless cycling that causes serious injury or death; in order to bring cycling into line with driving offences. It is her view that the gap between manslaughter and the historic offence of wanton and furious driving is too wide. The government will consult on the report and announce its proposal on any new offence shortly.
Concurrently, today the Department for Transport has launched a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Call for Evidence asking for a range of views and opinions from the public on everything from improved infrastructure to education for all road users.