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Help secure equal rights for road crime victims: act now!

CTC is backing proposed changes to the Victims' Code (England & Wales) that would stop road crime victims being left out from it. To ensure that they also get equal rights, nearly 1800 people contacted the Government in support of CTC's proposals over 3 days!
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Why? A case in point:

Earlier this year, John was hit from behind by a driver at a crossroads and badly injured. The incident was caught on CCTV. Instead of charging the driver – there was enough evidence to do so – the police sent him on an improvement course. Even if they had charged, it would have been for 'careless' not dangerous driving.

John had no right to access information about the police investigation or to get victim support. He also had no way of challenging the police decision not to prosecute.

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Are all HGV drivers getting enough sleep?

A BBC Radio 4 programme looking at the impact of sleep deprivation on health and safety has drawn attention to the risks taken by HGV drivers who don’t get a good night’s sleep. CTC's Rhia Favero explains why this poses a threat to cyclists and other road users.
Cyclist in a lorry mirror

According to BBC Radio 4's The Night Shift, the list of illnesses that sleep deprivation can contribute to is a terrifying one – obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and on top of all that premature ageing as well. One glance at this list would make anyone think twice before accepting a job working nights. Sleep deprivation also affects the ability to drive safely.

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Was Boris Johnson 'naughty' for giving his wife a backie?

Earlier this week, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson hit the headlines for giving his wife a backie on his bike. Our reaction - he was 'very naughty' and 'We would never encourage cyclists to break the law'. David Murray explores the world of the backie in more detail.
Boris Johnson Cycling Bike Backie

Boris Johnson was "naughty" and should have known better than to be caught giving his wife a "backie" on his bike while cycling in London. That was our light-hearted reaction when the Press Association called for our reaction to this silly-season political knockabout story. We assumed this would play to the media's characterisation of 'Boris the buffoon'.

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Prime Minister meets with MPs to talk cycle safety

David Cameron met with members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) to discuss cycle safety.
Prime Minister meets the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (photo: APPCG)

Four members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group met David Cameron on Wednesday (15th July) to discuss cycling, and cycle-lorry safety in particular. The Prime Minister agreed to the meeting in response to a request at Prime Ministers' Questions from Ben Bradshaw MP, made on 24 June following several recent cyclists' deaths under the wheels of lorries on London's roads.

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The John Radford Memorial Ride

John Radford was a CTC Councillor who tragically lost his life on 5 November 2014 from injuries sustained after being knocked off his bike in July 2013. He was an enthusiastic rider and a passionate advocate for cycling.
John Radford

On Sunday 2 August 2015, Huddersfield and District CTC will hold a memorial ride to honour and remember John.  

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Regulator bans haulage operators whose driver killed cyclist

Two transport managers responsible for hiring a driver who killed a cyclist by careless driving have had their licences to operate revoked.
Lorry by Michele Solmi via by Creative Commons

In April this year, Barry Meyer admitted causing Alan Neve’s death by careless driving when he ran him over with a tipper truck outside Holborn underground station on 15 July 2013. Meyer only admitted the charge after the judge presiding over the case said his bad character as a driver would be revealed to the court.

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Raising funds through film

A supporter of the Cyclists' Defence Fund has raised £215.60 for the ‘Justice for Michael’ appeal by showing a screening of the documentary ‘Bikes vs Cars’.
Funds raised to prosecute driver who hit Michael Mason, pictured

Charlie Sinclair came up with the idea to use the 'Bikes vs Cars' film to raise funds for the charity after reading about the documentary and the tragic death of Michael Mason in CTC’s weekly e-newsletter Cycle Clips.

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Reining in rogue goods vehicle operators

CTC has been following two cases where lorry drivers were found guilty of killing cyclists and where questions were raised about the safety credentials of the goods vehicle operators that hired them.
Rogue vehicle operators need to be held accountable for cyclists' deaths

In the UK, goods vehicles are involved in 18% of cyclist fatalities, rising to 50% in London. In cases where the behaviour of an operator may have contributed to a collision, Traffic Commissioners (TCs) investigate if their conduct breached safety regulations, but TCs - who can revoke operators' licences - are taking too long to investigate infringements. The long delays in taking action mean lives are potentially being put at risk.

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What’s legal - and what’s not - on your bike?

CTC volunteer Margaret-Anne Orgill takes a look at cyclists and the law.
Road cyclists riding side by side

Cyclists are often in the news these days, so I thought it would be useful to run through the rules of the road. While I’ll go through what cyclists can be arrested for, I’ll also be looking at what you can do legally while cycling - some of which may surprise you!  I’ll look at what you must do while you are out on the road and what you mustn’t, as laid down by the law and the Highway Code.

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New figures suggest more killer drivers are going unpunished

The number of drivers found guilty of any 'causing death' offence in England and Wales dropped by 11% between 2013 and 2014, even though the number of people killed on the roads has recently shown an upward trend.
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According to figures just released by the Ministry of Justice, 315 drivers were convicted of 'causing death' driving offences last year - an 11% fall compared with the 355 convictions for these offences in 2013.

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