Safe Drivers and Vehicles

Statistics published from the 2012 British Social Attitudes survey show that the public is very concerned about cycle safety, and only a third ever ride a bike.

Cycle serious casualties up 5% in 2012 against the previous year, the 8th consecutive year of increase, exceeding the background growth in cycling. Meanwhile pedestrian casualties have also started to rise, while those for car occupants are falling. What's happening?

Figures released today show that although cycle use has risen slightly, the increase in serious cycle injuries has been greater, meaning that the overall risk of cycling is rising. CTC is calling on the Government to respond to the Get Britain Cycling report with adequate investment.

Prosecutors challenging the five-year driving ban imposed on Gary McCourt on the grounds that the sentence was ''unduly lenient'' have announced that the appeal will take place on August 13th. The right to appeal was granted on 31 May following a campaign launched by CTC and Audrey Fyfe's family.

As American cycle campaigners persuade the US safety authorities to drop a key claim for the effectiveness of helmets, and new evidence suggesting that Canada's helmet laws had no detectable effect, the BMA's stance on helmet laws is questioned by Ben Goldacre of 'Bad Science' fame.

Road Justice - 10 Jun 2013 - Campaign
The Road Justice campaign seeks to change driver attitudes and the approach of the law to bad driving.

A new road safety plan for the next 7 years has been launched for London. CTC was critical of earlier drafts for failing to include the means to measure the risks of cycling, rather than simply the number of people seriously injured or killed.

CTC welcomes the fixed penalty notice for careless driving and the associated 50% increase in all motoring fixed penalties to £100, but urges that dangerous driving still needs to be dealt with by the courts.

CTC has launched its Road Justice Campaign, which will take to task the police, the prosecution services and the judiciary over the way they treat bad driving and bad drivers.

CTC and the family of cyclist Audrey Fyfe have welcomed the decision by the Crown Counsel in Edinburgh to refer Gary McCourt’s sentence for appeal, following a campaign by CTC and other organisations’ supporters.

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