Cycling organisations support FPN legal challenge

CDF, CTC, RoadPeace, Sustrans, the London Cycling Campaign and British Cycling have co-signed a letter to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) asking them to reconsider a cyclist’s prosecution for contravening a traffic signal.

The organisations request that the CPS reevaluate whether it is in the public interest to prosecute Alex Paxton for failing to stop behind the second stop line at a cycle box when he couldn’t position himself safely in the box because it had been blocked by a car.

The letter provides information about the safety purposes of cycle boxes and the purposes of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for minor cycling offences. It argues that the police officer who issued Alex the FPN should have used his discretion in the same way officers are expected to do when issuing FPNs for pavement cycling.

Alex pleaded not guilty to the office at his first hearing at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in Battersea on October 16th. His barrister submitted a letter prior to this date to the CPS asking that they reconsider the prosecution. The CPS will announce if they will pursue a prosecution by November 6th.

If a prosecution ensues, Alex will face trial at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on December 5th. CDF will be there to support him if the case goes to trial.

Read more about Alex’s story and why CDF is supporting his legal challenge.

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