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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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2 million potholes repaired last year

Over £100m was spent filling potholes in England and Wales last year, and over £15m paid out in compensation to those injured or their vehicles damaged, according to new figures from the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey, published today.
Potholes are a huge concern of cyclists on rural lanes

The report reveals that over 2 million potholes were filled in England and Wales last year, similar to previous years.

However, it's not all bad news: the budget shortfall required to repair the roads properly has fallen for the first time in years, thanks to more local authorities opting to invest more cash in long term maintenance over the last year.

But the amount required as a one-off investment to bring roads up to standard has still risen to £12bn. 

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The THINK! campaign for bikes is relaunched - CTC assesses its impact

Running in some of the cities that received money for cycling recently, the THINK! campaign follows the now usual 'give and take' message that equates cyclists and drivers as similar sources of danger, both of which need to 'play their part'. However, the messages it sends out are largely sensible.
The DfT's THINK! campaign

A new cycle safety awareness campaign has been launched by the Department for Transport.

The campaign is based on imagery produced by Transport for London, and focuses on urban issues such as junctions, parked car doors and Advanced Stop Lines. Suburban and rural issues - such as close overtaking - are not given the same prominence in the campaign.

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The AA launches ‘Think Bike’ awareness campaign

The AA has launched a driver awareness campaign aimed at creating mutual respect on the roads.
The AA is urging drivers to look out for cyclists when manoeuvring

'Think once, think twice, think bikes’: this is what the AA’s new awareness campaign is urging its members to do before they make manoeuvres in their vehicles that could be hazardous to cyclists and motorcyclists.

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Road Justice petition handed to national policing lead for cycling

Road Justice campaigners and road crash victims handed over a petition calling for better roads policing this week to the national policing lead for cycling at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

The petition, which has been signed by more than 12,000 people, is calling for the police to implement recommendations for better roads policing, which are outlined in a report produced for CTC’s Road Justice campaign.

The Road Justice campaign - sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers - aims to get the criminal justice system to take a tougher approach to bad driving in order to make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

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CTC urges MPs to demand action and funding to ‘Get Britain Cycling’

CTC, the national cycling charity, has urged MPs to demand leadership, commitment to quality cycling conditions, and funding of at least £10 per person annually, to ‘Get Britain Cycling’ when giving evidence at today’s Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry on cycle safety.
Gordon Seabright, Chris Boardman and Roger Geffen

The inquiry was called following a horrific spate of 6 cyclists’ deaths in London within 13 days last November.

After submitting written evidence (see below), CTC was called by the committee to present oral evidence alongside British Cycling's spokeman Chris Boardman and AA President Edmund King.

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Now send us your 'irresponsible' walking-down-the-street adverts!

Although the ASA has provisionally withdrawn its ruling against Cycling Scotland's TV advert, the fight isn't over yet. Please send us videos showing how a ban on helmet-free cycling in TV ads would be like refusing to show people on the streets at night without reflective clothing.
How many TV adverts breach Highway Code rule 3?

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful adverts you have sent us, containing lots of examples of deeply 'irresponsible' cycling (e.g. without helmets) - notably the famous Hovis adverts of the 1970s! Thank you too for your equally impressive collection of (quite genuinely) irresponsible car ads.

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London bans lorries without safety equipment

The Mayor of London and London Councils have agreed jointly to ban large vehicles from London's roads if they fail to meet high standards for cycle safety equipment. CTC welcomes this step forward, but says there are better longer-term solutions for cycle safety that should be investigated too.
All lorries will be forced to have sideguards and extra mirrors

The move was announced today by the Mayor of London and London Councils - the representative body for the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London.

By working together, the ban can be effectively enforced on every street in London.

This could come into effect as early as September. 

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Which car ads show breaches of the Highway Code?

The ASA ruling that outlaws cyclists not wearing helmets and riding outside 'secondary position' is a very hazy interpretation of the Highway Code and cycle training expertise. If you've got examples of car ads that show Highway Code infringements by drivers, let us know and we'll collect them here.
A car ad involving driving around with flares was accepted by the ASA

We've already collected many examples of adverts that show cycling to be normal and aspirational, yet would fall foul of the ASA's latest ruling.

To help further Cycling Scotland's appeal, we'd also like to point to the many adverts for cars that show flagrant breaches of the Highway Code.

So let's get started

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