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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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CTC explains cycle safety to high-level transport commission

CTC's Campaigns Director, Roger Geffen, has today focused the minds of a high-level group of independent transport experts, MPs, Peers and others on improving Britain's record on cycling safety.
Cyclist and other road users

Appearing before the Transport Safety Commission, Roger explained that cycling is essentially a safe and healthy activity, but that Britain needs to work much harder to match the better record of our European neighbours, both in terms of cycle safety and levels of cycle use.

He stressed that 'more' and 'safer' cycling can and should go hand-in-hand and that the best way of achieving this is to tackle not only the actual risks, but the perceived risks that deter so many people from cycling - bad driving and lorries, to name but two. 

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CTC holds expert panel debate on sentencing

Follow CTC's debate on sentencing on Twitter using #CTCdebate The debate starts at 9am on Friday 13 June.
Follow CTC's debate on sentencing on Twitter using #CTCdebate

On Friday 13 June, CTC will hold an expert panel debate on sentences for driving offences as part of its Road Justice campaign.

The aim of the debate is to influence the forthcoming review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences, announced by the Government last yearOfficials from the Sentencing Council, who will conduct the review, will attend the debate.

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Eight year wait for safer lorry cabs

Representatives of EU Member States have agreed to delay the introduction of safer lorry cabins for eight years.
18 cyclists die a year in the UK in lorry crashes

Representatives of EU Member States today reached an agreement on changing the regulations of weights and dimensions of lorry cabins.

The provisional agreement sets a delay of eight years before redesigned lorry cabs can be driven on Europe’s roads, even though design changes could save hundreds of lives and billions of litres of diesel fuel every year.

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Let's get the best for cycling out of HS2

CTC isn’t taking sides on whether or not to build HS2 Phase 1 (the proposed high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands), but we do want to make sure that cyclists get the best deal out of the project.
House of Parliament

CTC has therefore formally objected to the HS2 Phase 1 Parliamentary Bill, calling for amendments or commitment from the Bill’s promoters to:

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Parliament debates new sentences as driving bans fall

MPs this week debated Government proposals to extend sentences for those who flout driving bans, but new figures show that the courts are not prioritising driving bans in the first place.
Courts are still reluctant to hand out long driving bans for serious offences

Since the Government announced last week that it plans to review driving offences and penalties over the summer, initial proposals to take a tougher line with people who drive whilst disqualified have already been debated in Parliament.

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CTC urges Transport Secretary to support safer lorries

CTC and other active travel organisations have written a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to support a proposed amendment to EU rules on safer lorry designs. And you can write to him too!
HGVs make up 5% of traffic in Britain but are involved in 18% of cyclist deaths

In the same week that another Londoner lost their life whilst cycling in the capital - the fifth this year and the second killed in collision with a lorry - Government ministers are due to decide whether to support an amendment to an EU Directive that would introduce safer and more fuel efficient lorries.

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Cycling and safety groups restate objections to TfL sticker on vans and buses

CTC has joined the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and other cycling and road safety groups in reiterating our call for Transport for London (TfL) to halt the use by van, taxi and bus operators of a warning sticker telling cyclists to 'Stay Back'.
The offending sticker on the back of a bus

CTC originally co-signed a letter in February 2014 to Leon Daniels, TfL's managing director of surface transport, urging him to instruct bus, van and taxi operators to remove the sign. The letter also calls for a reworded sign.

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Government announces driving offences and penalties review

The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that the Government will conduct a full review of driving offences and penalties over the next few months.
Sentences for drivers who kill while banned will be extended

Grayling also announced proposals to increase the maximum sentence for drivers who kill while disqualified from driving, unlicensed or uninsured, will from two to ten years. A separate offence of causing serious injury whilst disqualified, unlicensed or uninsured is also proposed, with a maximum sentence of four years.

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Euro Parliament votes for safer lorry designs

The European Parliament voted today (April 15) to change the regulations for the design of lorry cabs to make lorries safer and more fuel efficient, a move which could potentially save hundreds of lives a year.
Lorries pose a serious risk to cyclists

The decision will need to be approved by the 28 EU member states before it can become law. 

CTC is asking supporters to email the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to back the change to the regulations.

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