Safe Drivers and Vehicles

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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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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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