Safe Drivers and Vehicles

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Jersey's under-14 helmet law "will harm public health and the island's reputation for family cycling"

CTC is disappointed to learn that Jersey's legislature has agreed to make it compulsory for under-14-year-olds to wear helmets, despite fears that the overall public health will suffer if people are deterred from cycling.
Gorey harbour in Jersey - the scene for the Jersey Festival of Cycling

The island of Jersey has become the first part of the British Isles to make helmets compulsory, with a £50 fine for the parents of all under-14s who are caught bareheaded on a bike.

The decision to impose a law was agreed in principle in 2010, but legislation only tabled for scrutiny early this year.

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£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs

18 July 2014
The Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry report on Cycle Safety has been published, endorsing many of CTC's recommendations.
Inquiry witnesses Edmund King (AA), Chris Boardman (BC) and Roger Geffen (CTC)

CTC's evidence to the Committee, given in February, focused on more funding, strong leadership and better infrastructure for cycling.

The Committee's report comes just weeks before the Government's Cycling Delivery Plan is due to be published, following a Prime Ministerial statement a year ago.

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1 in 5 motorists not banned for causing a death

CTC, the national cycling charity, has analysed data showing that only 80% of motorists convicted of killing another road user have their licence taken away, compared to 94% ten years ago.
1 in 5 motorists who kill are not banned - is this justice?

Despite driving bans being mandatory for all causing death by driving offences, CTC found that 20% of those convicted don't have their licences withdrawn.

The data from the Ministry of Justice also shows that the average length of a driving ban given when a fatality was caused has plummeted from 42 months in 2003 to 21 months in 2013.

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Put an end to over-zealous fining in London

After cyclist Kristian Gregory posted helmet-cam footage of himself being fined for straying from a sub-standard cycle track, the Met Police say they will ease off 'over-zealous' enforcement on this spot. However, Kristian still faces a possible fine, as do many others fined for similar 'offences'.
New Kent Road, London - where cyclist Kristian was fined

The Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) is supporting Kristian's appeal against his fine for pavement cycling as he exited the cycle track alongside London's New Kent Road to reach a pedestrian crossing. Watch Kristian's helmet camera footage of the incident.


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Say goodbye to ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers

After months of letters sent back and forth between cycling organisations and Transport for London (TfL), a positive meeting was held this week to discuss how to improve the notorious and omnipresent ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers.
The offending sticker on the back of a bus

The stickers were intended for vehicles with blind spots, in particular lorries weighing 3.5t and over, but they have appeared on vehicles that do not have significant blind spots like taxis, vans and buses.

Concerns about impact 

CTC is concerned that the design of the stickers and displaying them on vehicles without significant blind spots is having an adverse impact on driver behaviour.

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Watchdog overturns its finding on Cycling Scotland ad thanks to CTC's evidence

The original finding, issued in January, upheld a complaint calling for helmets to be worn in adverts involving cyclists. Thanks to work by Cycling Scotland and CTC, that finding has now been reversed.
The original offending image, now deemed acceptable

Cycling Scotland's ad campaign that sought to improve overtaking of cyclists was found by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to have breached the Broadcast Code of Advertising in January 2014.

The ASA's original decision was based on the fact that a cyclist in the video was shown not wearing a helmet, and taking a position away from the kerb to avoid a badly surfaced road. Both of these situations reflect reality and are legal.

CTC and many others immediately took to Twitter to criticise the ASA's decision.

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German court says helmet-free cycling is not 'negligence'

In a landmark ruling, the German Supreme Court has ruled that it is not 'negligent' to cycle without a helmet, hence there is no justifiable reason for reducing the injury compensation payable to helmetless cyclists. Now, CTC says the Highway Code needs to change.
A smashed helmet

The case is a major victory for the ADFC (Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrradclub, the German equivalent of CTC), who supported a member in an appeal against an earlier ruling of 'contributory negligence', handed down in June 2013 by the regional court of Schleswig, North Germany.  Her compensation settlement had previously been reduced by 20% as a result of this ruling. She is now entitled to full compensation.


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Do judges wilfully misinterpret sentencing guidelines?

Rhia Weston examines whether judges wilfully misinterpret sentencing guidelines when imposing driving bans.
Sentencing guidelines for driving offences must be overhauled

Following CTC's sentencing debate last Friday, a few of the attendees were asked for their views on the debate and sentencing practice. 


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CTC's Sentencing Debate sparks call to email Justice Minister

The debate on Friday 13 June highlighted high levels of dissatisfaction with the sentencing of drivers who endanger other road users. It also aimed to influence the Sentencing Council's review of sentencing guidelines for driving offences.
Simeon Maskrey QC speaking at the sentencing debate

Officials from the Sentencing Council attended the event at 7 Bedford Row Chambers, making it a valuable opportunity to shape the review. 

The debate, which formed part of CTC's Road Justice campaign, sparked a call to supporters to email the Justice Minister urging him to end the legal system's culture of complacency towards bad driving.

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Maximum fines for driving offences rise

The maximum fines that magistrates can impose for road traffic offences are set to rise under new proposals from the Ministry of Justice.
The Government has proposed to increase fines for driving offences

For offences that currently carry a maximum fine of £5,000 such as careless driving, dangerous driving, and drink driving, magistrates will be able to impose unlimited fines. The maximum fine for speeding on a motorway will increase four-fold from £2,500 to £10,000.

Fines for other speeding offences and document offences, such as driving without insurance, will also increase.

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