Safe Drivers and Vehicles

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Police should tackle real danger, not fine cyclists just to meet targets

CTC has condemned a Metropolitan Police memo setting police officers a target to fine 40 cyclists in 4 months, or 10 per month.
Police officers stop cyclist (photo by Manic Street Preacher, CC licence)

The memo, issued by Inspector Colin Davies and revealed in the Times, says “Officers have four months to do 40 cycle tickets. Ten per month… This will give them a renewed focus for a while.”  The memo was issued on 18 November, the day on which charity worker Richard Muzira was killed by a lorry in Camberwell, the sixth cyclist to die in 13 days on London’s roads.

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CTC and CDF are now linked charities

CTC and the Cyclists' Defence Fund have been officially linked.

The linking process

CDF was set up by CTC as an independent charity in 2001, before CTC itself acquired charitable status. Having done so now, CTC has been formally linked with CDF, a process that has simplified the charities’ administration and will allow CDF to be better integrated with CTC’s campaigning work.

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CPS drops fixed penalty notice prosecution

This week the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued proceedings against a cyclist for failing to stop at a red light.
Alex hopes the decision encourages police not to always resort to FPNs

The cyclist, Alex Paxton, challenged the fixed penalty notice (FPN) with support from the charity the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), which provides guidance on the law relating to cycling and assists with fighting legal cases which could clarify the law. 

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Don't just train people to avoid lorry danger - minimise it, says CTC

As MPs demand answers on cycle safety, CTC says that raising people's awareness of risk, and training them to avoid it, are the best 'quick wins'. But the 'big wins' involve reducing it.
CTC President Jon Snow giving evidence in Parliament

CTC has submitted evidence on cycle safety to a hastily called parliamentary inquiry, and provided a briefing for a parliamentary debate yesterday (26 November).

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Hold hauliers to account over cyclist fatalities, says CTC

15 November 2013
CTC has today written to urge the Transport Minister to adopt a dramatic new approach over cyclist fatalities that involve HGVs. It's cost-free and needs no legislation, but will put vulnerable road users at the front of the minds of those running the haulage industry.

CTC has been campaigning on behalf of cyclists and cycling for well over a century, and we always try to take a positive view; we’re passionate about the benefits of cycling and we want more people to enjoy them. 

However, it is impossible not to feel anger after a terrible nine days in which six cyclists have been killed on Britain's roads - 5 of them in London and all of them involving large vehicles. We believe urgent action is needed.

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CTC condemns rising toll of cyclists' deaths in London

14 November 2013
CTC demands action on cyclists’ safety in London after a fifth cyclist is killed in ten days on the capital’s roads.
A 'ghost bike' at the Bow Roundabout: photo by Diamond Geezer (Creative Commons)

In a terrible week for cycling in London, the total number of cyclists killed in 2013 has risen to 13, 8 of them killed by lorries. CTC is calling for serious improvements to cyclists' safety at major junctions, to the design of lorries, and to driver training, in order to avert more unnecessary deaths.

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Injuries to cyclists 12% higher than similar period last year

The numbers of cyclists injured in spring has risen to an estimated 4,990, some 12% higher than a similar estimate made last year. Taking the last 4 quarters against the previous 4 quarters, however, it is estimated that there has been no substantial change in cycle casualties.
Both casualties and use have risen sharply

Four times a year the Department for Transport publish the figures that estimate the previous quarter's casualty figures. 

Figures for spring 2013 have just been released and show a 12% increase in cycle casualties against the previous year's estimate.

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Road Justice reveals which police forces are committed to road safety for cyclists

The Road Justice campaign, led by CTC and sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, has published a map showing which police forces are committed to improving road safety for cyclists.
The map shows police responses to the Road Justice report

The map shows that over a third of forces in England and Wales support at least one of the campaign’s recommendations for improved roads policing.

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Cameron confirms sentencing guidelines review for dangerous driving offences

CTC has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron's confirmation during Prime Minister's questions on 9 October that the Government will conduct a review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences.
A view of Parilament

CTC reported on the Government’s announcement in August that the sentencing guidelines would be reviewed for the offences of causing death by careless driving, causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Hope for a bike boost in Belfast as Giro d’Italia 2014 route announced

It is the first time this prestigious international event is being held outside continental Europe. The Giro d'Italia 2014 will travel from Belfast to Trieste in 21 stages and route details have just been announced.
The McClelland family at the 'Titanic' starting point in Belfast

Friday 9 May sees the Belfast stage, which starts at Titanic Belfast and takes in the Newtownards Road, Stormont, Queen's Bridge, the Ormeau Road, Stranmillis and finishes in Belfast city centre.

The Saturday leg - a 218 km cycle - starts on Belfast's Antrim Road and goes to Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, and the Giant's Causeway before taking in the coastline from Cushendall to Larne, then on to Whitehead and Carrickfergus before heading back to Belfast.

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