Don Foster MP

News

MPs support justice review for those hurt on the road

Don Foster has added his support to an Early Day Motion backing British Cycling’s comprehensive justice review. The EDM was tabled by Lib Dem MP, Julian Huppert, the co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

With cross party support, MPs are lining up to sign it in support including Sir Peter Bottomley, Rosie Cooper, John Leech, Michael Gapes and Clive Betts. Following on from the news that Paralympic hand cyclist Rachel Morris was injured whilst training on the road last week, members of the House of Lords, who cannot sign an Early Day Motion, have also contacted the campaign leaders, British Cycling, to offer their support.

The Early Day Motion reads:

“That this House notes that many victims of road accidents do not feel that the criminal justice system adequately protects or supports them in the aftermath of their case; further notes that it is important that those who have suffered traumatic incidents are given effective and sympathetic support as they attempt to rebuild their lives; welcomes the work of British Cycling and other groups including CTC, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign, The Times, Cycling Weekly, RoadPeace and Brake to raise the profile of the issue and calls upon the Department for Justice to review carefully the evidence they have submitted and undertake a comprehensive review of each part of the criminal justice system from crash investigation standards through to sentencing guidelines to ensure it is fairer for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users who are hurt or seriously injured on the country’s roads.”

Commenting. Don Foster said:

“I was very happy to call for this justice system review. Not enough protection is given to cyclists and pedestrians in Britain and I commend the efforts of all involved parties for championing this important campaign”

Martin Gibbs, Policy and Legal Affairs Director at British Cycling said:

“The way the justice system operates when someone is hurt on the road badly needs reviewing. The current process often gives out the wrong message about how we as a society value life and the right of people to travel safely. This is an issue for all road users and one the Lord Chancellor should take seriously.”