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Cyclists who kill or maim pedestrians could face tougher prison sentences

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Published Time: 14.05.2024 - 23:40:25 Modified Time: 14.05.2024 - 23:40:25

Government considering proposals put forward by Sir Iain Duncan Smith Cyclists who kill or maim pedestrians could face tougher prison sentences as the Government considers backing plans put forward by Sir Iain Duncan Smith

Government considering proposals put forward by Sir Iain Duncan Smith

Cyclists who kill or maim pedestrians could face tougher prison sentences as the Government considers backing plans put forward by Sir Iain Duncan Smith.

The former Tory leader was locked in talks with Mark Harper, the Transport Secretary, on Tuesday night over whether the Government would support his proposals to tackle dangerous cyclists.

Mr Harper previously said he had an “open mind” on the issue.

However, Sir Iain believes that even if the Government does not back him, he has enough support to force the new law through.

He has put down a series of amendments to the Criminal Justice Act which could be debated on Wednesday.

Under the amendments, cyclists who kill and maim pedestrians by riding dangerously or carelessly would face harsher prison sentences, similar to those imposed on motorists.

His negotiations with Mr Harper could see the Government put forward its own amendment to increase the punishments handed out to dangerous cyclists.

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Any government amendment is likely to be introduced in the Lords later this year, with Conservative support meaning the new law would come into force.

A Westminster source said: “There is general acceptance around the House of Commons that this should be done: the only question is how it should be done.”

Sir Iain is hoping to close a loophole that has meant cyclists who hit and fatally injure people are only charged under a Victorian law intended for riders of horse-drawn carriages.

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