Road Traffic Offences

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 18 September 2018.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake a public consultation on the adequacy of legislation relating to (a) road traffic offences (b) penalties for motorists who cause (i) serious injury and (ii) death by dangerous driving and (c) the prevention of dangerous driving.

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

The Government is committed to making sure that the courts have sufficient powers to deal with driving offences appropriately and proportionately, and that offences and penalties continue to act as a deterrent.

On 16 October 2017, the Government published its response to a consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death and serious injury. The response confirmed proposals to increase the maximum penalty for the offences of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs, from 14 years to life and to create a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving. The Government will continue to keep offences and penalties under review.

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