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A Quick Change of Gear? - Joanne Clancy, Thorntons Law LLP

14/11/17. The Department of Transport have announced their plans to review the law regarding dangerous cyclists. Their announcement comes in the wake of the recent trial of Charlie Alliston sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for causing bodily harm by "wanton and furious driving" after ploughing down Kim Briggs as she crossed a busy central road in London. Whilst this case highlights the dangers that cyclists can pose, it’s far more common to hear about accidents caused by motor vehicles or involving cyclists as the victims so it’s of interest that in light of this case the government have announced plans to make urgent changes to the law in relation to dangerous cyclists.

What exactly are the government proposing? As it stands, in England, a cyclist charged with causing injury to another person is dealt with under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 which in itself suggests that the law in this area is outdated. The government intends to review whether dangerous cyclists should be dealt with in a similar manner to dangerous drivers by introducing new strict laws. The main problem...

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