Criminal Driving Bill read in Parliament

Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland presented the Criminal Driving (Justice for Victims) Bill 2015-16 to Parliament on Tuesday 12 January. 

The Bill seeks to strengthen penalties for serious criminal driving offences that lead to serious injury or death, to redefine such offences and to amend bail conditions for those charged with them. It also aims to improve the standards of collision investigations and demands better treatment of victims of criminal driving offences and their families within the justice system.

Mulholland, who is MP for Leeds North West, convened a roundtable on dangerous driving in December 2014, which was attended by victims of road crime, including several relatives of people killed by bad drivers. The experiences shared at that event fed into Mulholland's criminal driving manifesto which shaped the content of the Bill.

Mulholland has been raising the profile of dangerous driving in Parliament ever since three of his constituents were killed by drink drivers - Jamie Still was killed in 2010 and David and Dorothy Metcalfe were killed in 2012.

There was much cross-party support for the Bill, which was co-sponsored by 30 MPs from across the House.

The Bill's second reading is scheduled to take place on 11 March. 

Although CDF and its linked charity CTC, the national cycling charity, do not agree with all of Mr Mulholland's proposals, the organisations commend his efforts to raise awareness of the issues and to introduce the debate to Parliament.


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