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Grant Shapps vows ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law – but drivers are still the bigger threat, say campaigners

Grant Shapps vows ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law – but drivers are still the bigger threat, say campaigners

‘A selfish minority of cyclists appear to believe that they are somehow immune to red lights,’ the Transport Secretary claimed Secretary of State for Transport…

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‘A selfish minority of cyclists appear to believe that they are somehow immune to red lights,’ the Transport Secretary claimed

Secretary of State for Transport of the United Kingdom Grant Shapps (Photo: Radid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty) Transport Secretary has vowed to bring forward a ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law targeted at cyclists who kill pedestrians – but campaigners stress deaths caused by cyclists are a fraction of those caused by .

Mr Shapps said the measure, to be included in the set to be brought forward under the in the autumn, would create a specific offence for dangerous cyclists and close a “loophole” where cyclists who kill can currently only face a two-year jail sentence.

He told Mail+: “We need the cycling equivalent of death by dangerous driving to close a gap in the law and impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care.

“For example, traffic lights are there to regulate all traffic. But 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.”

Matthew Briggs, whose wife was killed by a cyclist in 2016 and has spent years campaigning for the change, told the Today programme: “For me, it’s never been about the degree of punishment… it’s been about the complication, the chaos and the hurt and the confusion that comes along with […]

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