Road Traffic Offences

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd October 2018.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of undertaking a review of the effectiveness of driving (a) offences and (b) penalties.

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

The Government continues to keep offences and penalties under review to ensure that the courts are able to deal with driving offences appropriately and proportionately.

The Government also recognises that there are concerns about sentencing for driving offences. In October 2017, the Ministry of Justice published its response to a consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or 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. Proposals for changes in the law will be brought forward as soon as parliamentary time allows.

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