Cycling and the Justice System

inquiry

We are currently conducting an inquiry called ‘Cycling and the Justice System’. The select committee styled enquiry will will seek the views and experiences of cycling organisations, Government departments and ministers, individuals and members of the general public on whether the current judicial system is serving all cyclists.

The APPCG will run five oral evidence sessions in January, February and March 2017 on the following issues:

  1. Road users and victims – 31st January
  2. Victim testimony – 7th February
  3. Enforcement and investigation – 21st February
  4. Driver awareness and civil justice – 28th February
  5. Criminal Law – 7th March

We will be investigated some of these issues:

  • Should there be greater priority of traffic law enforcement and’ road crime’ for all police forces?
  • Should police forces enforce 20mph speed limits, and speed reduction?
  • Should there be a revision of careless and dangerous driving charging standards
  • Should the ‘presumed liability’ civil compensation system be introduced?
  • Do police investigation, criminal prosecution, sentencing and inquests need reviewing?
  • How are prosecutors trained on the distinction between “careless” and “dangerous” driving?
  • Should there be more use of lengthy driving bans and resisting hardship pleas by the courts?
  • Should the DfT, Home Office and MOJ collaborate on collision and conviction data?
  • Should the Police and CPS be required to report on how they deal with road collisions?
  • Should there be a National Standards on collision investigation?
  • Should road crash victims be covered by the Victims’ Code?
  • Does the Highway Code need updating to reflect an increased duty of care on drivers?
  • Should there be a clearer definition of what is the standard of the competent and careful driver?
  • Should police forces/the CPS release the collision report when complete, and prior to conclusion of the criminal process?