To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Life sentences for killer drivers published on 15 October 2017, what the timetable is for the introduction of changes in sentences for causing death by dangerous or careless driving.
In the response to the consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury, published in 2017, the government proposed to increase the maximum penalties for causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years’ imprisonment to life.
The government is committed to making sure that the courts have sufficient powers to deal with driving offences appropriately and proportionately.
We will bring forward proposals for changes in the law as soon as parliamentary time allows. These proposals will take account of, and incorporate, all of government’s proposals for safer roads, including any arising from the Department of Transport’s review of cycle safety.