Laura New­ton

Auto Express - - Watchdog -

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

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