Killer cyclists could face life behind bars in legal loophole crackdown

A new death by dangerous cycling law could be on the horizon

A new ‘death by dangerous cycling law ’ could be on the horizon (Picture: Getty)

Cyclists who kill pedestrians will be treated and jailed like dangerous drivers under a new legal overhaul.

An ‘archaic’ loophole from the horsedrawn carriage age currently means they only face a maximum of two years behind bars.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said an overhauled bill on causing death by bikes will go before MPs this autumn with the aim of lengthening sentences.

He said victims’ families had ‘waited too long for this straightforward measure’ and hit out at ‘a selfish minority’ of reckless riders.

Cyclists are currently covered by the Offences Against The Person Act 1861 – designed to prosecute ‘wanton or furious driving’ of horsedrawn carriages.

In contrast, on June 28 the maximum sentence for motorists who cause death by dangerous driving went up from 14 years to life.

This could now be applied to killer cyclists under Mr Shapps’ proposed ‘death by dangerous cycling’ bill.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says even one life lost to reckless riders is ‘too many’ (Picture: Getty)

He said the current ‘archaic law’ means prosecutions of killer cyclists must rely on ‘a legal relic of the horsedrawn era or invoke manslaughter, a draconian option’.

He added: ‘We need the cycling equivalent of death by dangerous driving to close a gap in the law and impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care.

‘For example, traffic lights are there to regulate all traffic. But a selfish minority of cyclists appear to believe that they are somehow immune to red lights.

‘We need to crack down on this disregard for road safety. Relatives of victims have waited too long for this straightforward measure.’

Mr Shapps may no longer be Transport Secretary when …read more

Source:: Metro News

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