New ‘Road Safety Plan’ launched

The Department for Transport have launched a new Road Safety Plan.

The main issues affecting cycling are:

  • a grant of £50 million over the next 4 years will support Bikeability cycle training in schools
  • the government will consult on changes to improve cycle safety to ensure side-guards are not removed from HGVs but remain permanently fitted
  • motorists who endanger lives by using hand held mobile phones while driving will face an increase from the current 3 penalty points to 4, while the fixed penalty notice will rise from £100 to £150. For larger vehicles such as HGVs where the consequences of an accident can be much more severe, the penalty will increase from the current 3 points to 6 and the fixed penalty notice will rise from £100 to £150

The full document is here

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