Dangerous driving

Leader of club run driven at by laughing van man tells of attack

A rider from the club run that was attacked by van driver Joel Morris last November has spoken about what happened when Morris deliberately tried to run the group off the road.

Terry Hughes was leading a 24-rider group from Port Sunlight Wheelers on a 75-mile Sunday club run from the Wirral into North Wales via Northop Hall on November 17 last year when Morris drove his white Transit at the riders.

Van driver who laughed as he drove at cyclists jailed for six months

A van driver who laughed as he deliberately drove at a group of cyclists has been jailed for six months.

Minister rejects MP's call to scrap causing death by careless driving offence due to "misuse" by CPS

A government minister has rejected an MP’s call for the offence of causing death by careless driving to be scrapped, warning that such a move could result in less serious charges being brought against motorists who kill. Greg Mulholland, who made the appeal, claims the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has “misused” the law to increase the chance of securing a conviction in cases where the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving would be warranted.

Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £620

The driver of a lorry that last year crushed a cyclist who was riding a ‘Boris Bike’ in London, leaving him with serious injuries to his head, chest and pelvis, has been fined a total of £620 and banned from driving for six months. The case is likely to bring renewed attention on the decision to charge drivers with offences relating to careless, rather than dangerous, driving.

Taxi driver who deliberately swerved into cycling policeman could face jail

A taxi driver who deliberately swerved into a policeman on a bicycle in a road rage incident could face jail.

Ivor McAiney was driving his Vauxhall Astra minicab in Farnworth in April last year with a hot drink in his hand when he decided to perform a u-turn in in front of DC Adam Gleave, who was cycling and was forced to brake suddenly.

The officer gesticulated at the driver, indicating that he should watch where he was going.

Government plans to roll out traffic courts to deal with low-level driver offences across England and Wales

Dedicated traffic courts will be in action in all areas of England and Wales in the next six months, Justice Minister Damian Green has said.

29 of the courts have already been set up, allowing low-level traffic cases -such as speeding, traffic-light and document offences - to be grouped together and dealt with at one local magistrate’s court.

Up to 100 cases are dealt with in a single session, freeing up the courts for more serious crimes.

Ride next Saturday in memory of 19-year-old Jake Gilmore killed in hit-and-run in Bath

Bath cyclists are joining together for a ride in memory of Jake Gilmore, a teenage rider who died in a hit-and-run last weekend.

Next Saturday morning will see friends, family and concerned cyclists meeting at Kingsmead Square at 10am, before cycling the short distance to Midland Road Bridge, the spot where Jake was killed.

There, they will hold a one minute silence before laying flowers and lighting candles in rememberance of the barman at the Lamb and Lion pub in Lower Borough Walls.

Suspended sentence for motorist who used car "as a weapon" to knock cyclist off bike

A motorist who used his car “as a weapon” as he aimed it at a cyclist then drove off after knocking the rider off his bike has received a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

The case, heard at York Crown Court, is one of a number in recent years in which motorists have been accused of using their vehicle as a weapon against more vulnerable road users.

Stronger penalties needed for texting drivers, says Institute of Advanced Motorists


Longer and more consistent sentencing is needed as a deterrent for drivers who are tempted to text while at the wheel, a road safety charity has urged.

An Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) analysis of eleven recent prosecutions involving mobile and smartphone use while driving found that the average sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is four-and-a-half years in prison and a disqualification from driving for seven years.

Mother devastated after texting driver whose truck crushed 13-year-old girl to death sentenced to 6 months jail

The mother of a Birmingham schoolgirl who was crushed to death by a lorry says the charge and sentence handed down to the driver show “the system is not right.”

Hope Fennell was hit by an 18-tonne truck driven by Darren Foster as she rode her bike across a pedestrian crossing on Kings Heath High Street on November 7 2011.

Foster had been exchanging text messages with his girlfriend while driving round the city and failed to see Hope as she rode out into the road.

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