UK calls for review into cycling safety


The UK Government has called for a nationwide review into cycling safety laws following a series of serious collisions.  

As part of the review, the government will look into whether to introduce a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving for cyclists, and also wider improvements for cycling road safety issues. 

UK Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: "Although the UK has some of the safest roads in the world, we are always looking to make them safer. It’s great that cycling has become so popular in recent years but we need to make sure that our road safety rules keep pace with this change.

"We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences." 

"We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers are punished, but it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences."

The latest review is expected to help safeguard cyclists in the country, as well as other road users and pedestrians.

The review to improve all elements of cycle safety will be carried out in two phases.

In the first phase, the case for creating a new offence equivalent to causing death or serious injury by careless or dangerous driving will be analysed to help protect both cyclists and pedestrians.

The second phase will focus on a wider consultation on road safety issues relating to cycling and will involve a range of road safety and cycling organisations, as well as the general public.