Published 1 November 2012
In the summer, British Cycling and Cycling Weekly launched a campaign, calling on the Lord Chancellor to launch a comprehensive review of the justice system and how it operates when people are hurt or killed on the road.
We are now asking members and Cycling Weekly readers to write to their MPs calling on them to show their support for the issue and add their signature to the motion.
The more signatures the motion receives the more pressure there will be on the government to do respond to our call for a justice review.
Our members and readers believe that all too often the justice system fails cyclists and their families and this urgently needs addressing so that we have a system that is fair to everyone and creates the right incentives for people to behave responsibly on the roads.
Since our letter, MPs have got behind our campaign and spoken out at an adjournment debate, in support of the justice review, urging the government to listen to our calls and to meet with us. Helen Grant MP, a justice minister has agreed to meet with us and we hope to meet with her soon to discuss our concerns and calls for the review.
The adjournment debate followed an Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Julian Huppert MP, co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, in support of our calls for the justice review.
Already our members have written to over 120 MPs and so far 86 MPs from across all main political parties have signed it. It ranks as the 12th most supported EDM currently in parliament. Other MPs have written to the Lord Chancellor directly expressing their concerns on behalf of our members. The more signatures the motion receives the more pressure there will be on the government to respond to our call for a justice review. An EDM is like a parliamentary petition, the more MPs sign it, the more the Government is likely to act.
If you haven’t done so already, write to your MP urging them to sign the motion. We need all our members to get involved with this issue and get your MPs to support it by signing the motion. You can download the letter template to send to your MP here and check who your MP is and their address here.
Martin Gibbs, Policy and Legal Affairs Director said “This is an issue which concerns everyone who cycles, whether they are a world champion or someone who rides their bike to work occasionally. Our call for a review is supported by the CTC, Sustrans, the London Cycling Campaign, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, The Times, RoadPeace, Brake, Leigh Day & Co solicitors, and many others.
The creation of a safe and welcoming environment for cycling has many elements. One of those elements is how adequately people feel they are protected by the law. It is clear to us that the current justice system often delivers results which send the wrong message about the right of people to ride safely on the roads. We need all our members and anyone interested in cycling to take action now to make the government take this issue seriously.”
Please use our template to personalise it as much as you can and then send it to your MP using this facility.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who you wrote to.
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