Safe Drivers and Vehicles

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Help stiffen Robert Goodwill's support for safer lorries

European ministers will meet Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the European Commission to decide when or whether to introduce safer lorry designs.
Proposed lorry design

Thanks to lobbying by cycling groups, MEPs recently voted overwhelmingly for round-fronted lorry designs that could significantly improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. However the French and Swedish Governments (apparently lobbied by Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks respectively) have blocked the plans, seeking an eight-year delay before these new designs are even permitted, let alone required, for new EU lorries.


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Construction company raises cycle safety standards

CTC’s Road Safety Campaigner, Rhia Weston, reports on her day at a quarry site operated by CEMEX, a global provider of building and construction materials, learning about the steps the company is taking to improve cycle safety.
CEMEX truck with added cycle safety devices

It was a CEMEX vehicle that was involved in the death of Cynthia Barlow’s daughter, Alex McVitty, in 2004 in London. Since this incident, Cynthia has campaigned relentlessly to make construction and haulage vehicles safer. She bought shares in CEMEX so that she could speak about her experience at the company’s AGM. Cynthia’s story motivated CEMEX to vow to raise the company's safety standards.

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CTC mourns passing of John Radford

Friend, fellow cyclist and future CTC Councillor Martyn Bolt says a few words on the passing of fellow Councillor John Radford.
John Radford

It is with great sadness that I mark the passing of one of the stalwarts in northern cycling, CTC Councillor John Radford (70). John was knocked from his bike by a car in July 2013, and never recovered from his injuries, requiring constant care for the rest of his life.


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Still no date for Dangerous Driving sentencing review

Government response to Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday evening still refuses to announce when we can expect the Dangerous Driving sentencing review
Westminster at dusk

On Tuesday afternoon Reading West MP Alok Sharma initiated a Westminster Hall debate on the sentencing of Dangerous Driving Offences.

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Should the Prime Minister Get Britain Cycling?

CTC's campaigns and communications co-ordinator Sam Jones discusses whether the latest Governmental response on cycling is further evidence of cycling's need for strong political leadership
David Cameron with racing bike

The publication of today’s House of Commons Transport Committee (HCTC) Cycling Safety: Government Response marked another disappointing day for cycling in Westminster and Whitehall.


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Pressure to introduce presumed liability in Scotland

The families of two cyclists killed on Scotland's roads have joined the campaign for presumed liability.
Scottish Parliament urged to pass Members' Bill for presumed liability

The bereaved families of two cyclists killed in Scotland have called on the Scottish Parliament to bring Scottish civil law in line with the majority of other European countries by introducing a presumed liability law (also known as ‘stricter liability’ or ‘no fault liability’).

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Driver facing jail for seriously injuring CTC councillor

This week the driver who hit John Radford in July 2013 was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Michael Gledhill faces up to five years in jail and John's family a life sentence.
John Radford

John Radford had a lifelong passion for cycling. He was a CTC councillor and chairman of Huddersfield and District CTC. He was also a member of Audax UK. Before the collision on 31 July 2013, which left John severely brain damaged, he was a fit and active 69-year-old, who had come two days earlier from riding part of the London-Edinburgh-London Audax event, having covered over 250 miles in two days. On the day of the collision, he had ridden a leisurely 30 miles.

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The risk of serious cycle injuries is increasing: Space for Cycling needed

With the Government's long-overdue 'Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan' still awaited, new Government figures show that, however you measure it, the risk of serious cycle injuries is increasing. The Government must act urgently to reverse this trend.

Yesterday (September 25th), the Government published its annual Reported Road Casualties Great Britain report for 2013.

This year though it has also provided a handy summary of cycle safety statistics.  Overall, it's not good news.

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Road danger reduction and enforcement conference announced

A one-day conference ‘Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycling in London’ is announced today.
Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycl

The conference has been organised by CTC;  RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims; the Road Danger Reduction Forum; and the London Cycling Campaign (LCC).

The conference will highlight what the Metropolitan Police Service and Transport for London are doing to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety in the capital, and what changes campaigners would like to see.

Those who should attend this event include non-professional road safety campaigners, Councillors, and transport, health and road safety professionals concerned with safety on the roads.


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Remove the centre line to increase safety

New study funded by CTC finds 20 mph speed limits and the removal of centre-lines may be the most effective ways to reduce the speed at which drivers overtake cyclists.
20 mph speed limit sign painted on a road

In a study published this week, Professor John Parkin and Stella Shackel observed a reduction of speed of vehicles passing cyclists on roads with no centre line. A centre line may present a visual clue about where a driver should ‘drive up to’. Its absence may cause the driver to consider his or her road position and speed more carefully.

Lowering speed limits to 20 mph was also found to be associated with lower overtaking speed, whereas the presence of a cycle lane was not associated with either any differences in distance or speed of passing motor traffic.

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Telephone: 07786320713/ 01483 238 315

John Parkin: 0117 3286367

Notes to Editors: 

1. The Study reference is ‘Shackel, S. and Parkin, J. (2014) Measuring the influence of on-road features and driver behaviour on proximity and speed of vehicles overtaking cyclists. Accident analysis and prevention 73, December, pp100-108’ available free  until 3rd November 2014 at :

2.    John Parkin is Professor of Transport Engineering, University of  the West of England. 0117 3286367.
3.    Stella C. Shackel, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

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