Government consulting on driving injustices

The Government have finally announced a consultation on motoring offences. This will include a consideration of the grey boundary between careless and dangerous driving.

This review was first promised by the prime minister following representations by the parents of deceased cyclists Ross and Claire Simmons. The couple were killed in Hanham, east Bristol, in 2013 by a motorist who had 13 previous convictions for driving while disqualified, and 4 previous convictions for dangerous driving.

However the Government have said they will not review the inadequate use of driving bans. This follows widespread disquiet that motorists are being convicted of serious offences, and yet are being allowed back onto our roads just a short while later, or even immediately. For example, less than 1% of those convicted at court in 2015 for using their mobile phone whilst driving received a ban. A comprehensive range of organisations campaigning for a reduction in road danger have written to the Minister of Justice to ask that this decision be reviewed.