Road Traffic Offences: Sentencing

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 6 September 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of the introduction of a new sentencing regime for motoring offences involving (a) cycling fatalities, (b) serious injuries to cyclists and (c) physical assaults on cyclists.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation ‘Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury’ was published in October last year. This confirmed proposals to increase the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years’ imprisonment to life, and to create a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving. These proposals for changes in the law will be brought forward as soon as parliamentary time allows.

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