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‘Death by dangerous cycling’ law proposed to close legal loophole that caps jail time at two years

'Death by dangerous cycling' law proposed to close legal loophole that caps jail time at two years

A "death by dangerous cycling" law should be created in the UK, the transport secretary has said. Grant Shapps is vowing to close a legal…

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A "death by dangerous cycling" law should be created in the UK, the transport secretary has said.

Grant Shapps is vowing to close a legal loophole that means cyclists who kill pedestrians can only be jailed for two years.

Under his plans, cyclists who kill other road users would be treated the same as motorists.

Writing in Mail+, Mr Shapps said the law is needed "to impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care".

He added: "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."

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