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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.

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.
Royal Courts of Justice

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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An incomprehensible travesty of justice

Last week, an incomprehensible travesty of justice occurred in Kent. A driver who had sent and received 40 text messages whilst at the wheel and who then hit an 18-year-old cyclist on a straight stretch of road in broad daylight was cleared by a jury of causing the cyclist's death.
Daniel Squire was killed whilst training for an Ironman Triathlon

At Canterbury Crown Court on 20 March, 36-year-old Philip Sinden was cleared of causing the death of 18-year-old Daniel Squire on the A258 Dover Road on 7 September 2013.

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We need road crash victims' rights

The insensitive treatment of Michael Mason's grieving family by the Metropolitan Police is representative of the experience of many road crash victims. CTC's Rhia Weston explains the need for the Victims Bill to enshrine the rights of those victimised by road crime.
Roger Geffen at Michael Mason vigil. Photo by Joe Dunckley

The Metropolitan Police’s very public to-ing and fro-ing in the Michael Mason case has appalled many people, so much so that the fundraising appeal launched by the Cyclists’ Defence Fund to start a private prosecution of the driver involved received over £6,000 in the 24 hours and has now reached £21,000

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Does the Driving Test need to change?

Over eight decades the Driving Test has undergone many changes but, as we know from bitter experience fighting for justice for cyclists at CTC, a minority of drivers do not understand how to drive safely near cyclists. That is why CTC's Victoria Hazael wants to see a few changes made to the test.
UK Driving Licence and paper copy with permission from DVLA

Eighty years ago this week, Mr Beene of Kensington, London was the first person to pass the practical driving test. Of course, the roads in the UK were very different in 1935 - there were just two million drivers, now there are 27 million. So, does the Driving Test equip motorists for driving in 2015? 

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Police U-turn on prosecution in Michael Mason case

Under pressure from Michael Mason's family's campaign for justice, the Metropolitan Police have backtracked on their decision not to pass the case file involving his death to the Crown Prosecution Service for review.
Michael Mason was killed cycling on Regent's Street, London
With support from the Cyclists' Defence Fund, the family of 70-year-old Michael Mason who was hit from behind by a driver on Regent Street on 25 February 2014, have been fighting for answers as to why the police did not inform the CPS of the case. Michael died on 14 March, 19 days after the incident. 
 

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Victims and campaigners invited to justice manifesto launch

In the week when the Prime Minister expressed his support for the review of driving offences and penalties, victims of road crime and road safety campaigners are being invited to the House of Commons for the launch of a manifesto for better justice.
Parliament

The Government's driving offences and penalties review, announced in May 2014, is now truly under way - thanks in large measure to CTC's Road Justice campaign.

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