Safe Drivers and Vehicles

While total police numbers are down 3.5%, roads police officers are down by 37%
CTC has marked Road Safety Week with two appearances in Parliament and one on Radio 4, calling for action to reduce lorry danger

police car and cyclist
CTC has urged MPs to support increased resources for roads policing to improve safety for all road users. CTC’s Policy Director Roger Geffen told the Commons Transport Select Committee that cycle use has grown slowly but steadily since the late 1990s, but the risk per mile of a serious cycling injury started to increase from 2008.

An Orwellian version of coroners' rules for cyclists
Cyclism - the Coroner's Chronicles - 23 Nov 2015 - Blog
Two weeks ago one Coroner claimed a lorry driver would not have expected to see a cyclist on a trunk road. Last week another speculated that a driver's failure to see the cyclist in daylight 'may have been compounded by his clothing'. CTC's Duncan Dollimore asks do the Coroners understand cycling - or perhaps more importantly, the Highway Code?

Family Cycling in Paris. Picture flckr L.Urquiza
As Road Safety Week goes green with a 'drive less, live more' theme for 2015, CTC's Duncan Dollimore asks is it time to take a broader approach to cycling and road safety campaigning with a cycle to improve safety message?

Picture of former CTC Councillor John Radford about to go cycling
The family of former CTC Councillor John Radford are one step closer on the road to justice after Michael Gledhill pleaded guilty to causing his death by dangerous driving. Sentence has been adjourned to January 2016, 30 months on from the road rage incident.

Group of leisure cyclists some with helmets and some not
CTC's Duncan Dollimore examines why a cyclist not wearing a helmet and other excuses are used to deflect blame in motoring offences, and why so many people, including judges, are unduly empathetic to road crime offenders.

Cyclist wait at junction
Road safety and cycling: Overview - 11 Nov 2015 - Campaigning Views
'More' as well as 'safer' cycling can and should go hand-in-hand.

Royal Courts of Justice. Photo by Cindy Andie Flickr (CC)
Earlier this year, CTC campaigned for changes to the Victims' Code to secure equal rights for victims of road crime. 1800 people contacted the Government within three days to support CTC's proposals within the Government's consultation, many of which are to be implemented later this month.

Goods vehicle
Goods vehicles (lorries, HGVs, vans etc) - 5 Nov 2015 - Campaigning Views
Lorries pose a disproportionate threat to cyclists. There is a range of measures that should be introduced to reduce the hazard as a matter or urgency.

Picture of pound sterling
According to media reports a Police and Crime Commissioner has suggested the motive for diverting road traffic offenders to re-training courses is down to cash not road safety.

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