The way that cyclists treat the road is often a subject of hot topic with many drivers across the UK. Could this all be about to change though? If MPs get their way, it may very well do.
CYCLISTS should be given priority over drivers in an updated Highway Code amid fears the law is tilted in favour of motorists, MPs warn.
They claim the justice system is “failing” cyclists by allowing more than 8,500 drivers to continue to get behind the wheel with more than 12 points on their licence.
The charity RoadPeace, which gave evidence to the all-party parliamentary group (APPCG), said driver disqualifications had fallen by 62% from 155,484 in 2005 to 58,715 in 2015.
The APPCG cited the case of Christopher Gard, who was jailed for nine years last September for causing the death by dangerous driving of 48-year-old cyclist Lee Martin, as a failure of the “exceptional hardship” mitigation that allowed many drivers to stay on the road post-conviction.
Gard, then 30, of Alton, Hampshire, had at least six previous convictions for using his mobile phone while driving.
Some 8,594 drivers retained their licences even after racking up enough points for a driving ban, the latest Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency figures showed.
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