Closed consultation

New cycling offences: causing death or serious injury when cycling

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Summary

Seeks views on proposed new offences of causing death or serious injury while cycling and changes to the existing offences of dangerous and careless cycling.

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Consultation description

The consultation invites views on government proposals to introduce new offences of causing death or serious injury while cycling, and other changes to some existing cycling offences.

It recognises the difficulties of trying to create general parity between cyclists and drivers in terms of licensing and insurance, for example, but seeks to more closely align penalties for offences that result in death or serious injury.

Update: proposals for new cycling offences and the current law in relation to Scotland

The government has now published a report about the current laws in Scotland. It describes the laws which may be applicable if proceedings were brought against a person whose cycling is so dangerous or careless that it causes death or serious injury.

Our consultation document, when published in August, explained that this further work was being undertaken by a lawyer experienced in Scots’ Law.

Documents

Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy safety review: proposals for new cycling offences

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Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy safety review: supplementary report on the current law in relation to Scotland

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Published 12 August 2018
Last updated 24 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Supplementary report published about current laws in Scotland in relation to deaths or serious injuries caused by cyclists.
  2. First published.