A NEW Government consultation on cycling and walking has two aims, both of which have potential impacts for drivers.
Firstly it sets out to make our roads safer to encourage pedestrians and cyclists, and this could bring about changes in street layout and design.
The consultation’s second aim is to ensure legislation is adequate to tackle dangerous cyclists. Current laws cover offences such as careless and drunk cycling, but these are not well known, bring minor financial penalties and are rarely enforced. A recent tragedy that saw a dangerous cyclist prosecuted for ‘wanton and furious driving’ shows how antiquated current cycling laws are.
New cycling legislation is likely to mirror present motoring laws, with dangerous cycling and offences related to fatalities possibly introduced. The primary aim will no doubt be protecting pedestrians, but may well extend to scenarios where cyclist behaviour affects motorists.
For motorists, I suspect there will be a focus on educational campaigns to highlight existing legislation on how much room to allow when overtaking cyclists, for example.
Transport and Road Traffic Solicitor at Rothera Sharp rotherasharp.co.uk