The country’s leading road traffic lawyer has said there needs to be a major shakeup in laws regarding cycling on the country’s roads.
Nick Freeman, a.k.a. Mr Loophole, renewed his call following the death of pedestrian Kim Briggs, who was killed by a cyclist whilst she was crossing a London road.
Charlie Allston, 20, was a riding a bike with no front brakes which was illegal for road use when he struck the 44-year-old mother of two.
Yesterday, Allston was jailed for 18 months, after being cleared of a charge of manslaughter, but found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”, a crime introduced in 1861 and which carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment.
Mr Freeman said: “This is a tragic case where a woman lost her life because of the actions of a cyclist who was riding an illegal bike, dangerously.
“With an increased prevalence of cyclists over the last decade, there is an urgent need for cycling laws to be brought into the 21st Century.
“Had this been a motorist, he would have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.
“The ultimate goal is to make to make the roads safer for all users – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. However, there currently exists a perennial problem in identifying cyclists and making them accountable for their actions.
“We live in a society where the public are encouraged to act as police by recording bad driving and bad cycling. But when it comes cyclists these techniques are largely redundant because of the identification problems.”
Mr Freeman added: “I’ll say it again, cyclists must be forced to comply with the same rules as motorists, including carrying identification plates.
“There are a number of cyclists who seem to totally disregard the Highway Code, ignoring signals and junctions at their own peril and that of people around them.
“The days where cyclists can ride with impunity must come to an end.”
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