For legal advice contact CTC’s incident line.
For legal assistance relating to cycling contact the Cyclists’ Defence Fund. The CDF exists to protect cyclists and takes on test cases to advance cyclists’ legal rights.
CTC’s current policies on bad driving can be downloaded here (or click on the links below), they cover:
- Traffic law and enforcement (overview) : Laws against bad driving and their enforcement should aim to protect all road users, including cyclists, from intimidation and injury.
- Traffic police and other enforcement agencies : More effective traffic policing is crucial for cyclists, and also helps tackle one of the biggest fears that many others have about taking up cycling in the first place – namely, bad driving.
- Prosecutors and the courts : To reinforce the message that driving that endangers other road users is socially unacceptable, prosecutors and courts should not dismiss ‘dangerous’ driving as merely ‘careless’.
- The legal framework and sentencing policy : The legal framework and sentencing for driving offences need to reinforce the message that endangering other road users is unacceptable.
- Compensation for injured cyclists :The rules about liability for road crashes need to be changed to make it easier and quicker for cyclists and pedestrians to be compensated if they are injured in collisions with motor vehicles.
- Cyclists’ behaviour and the law : Cyclists should behave responsibly and legally, but the law should recognise that they do little harm and should not have to choose between keeping safe and obeying rules.
- Bad driving offences : Tackling bad driving offences effectively would help create a safer and more attractive environment for cycling and walking.
This is not an exhaustive list of briefings, many more can be downloaded from the CTC website
We value your feedback on these documents. Please get in contact if you would like to contribute.
Information on charging, prosecuting and sentencing policies
- CPS charging and prosecution – see entries under “R” for “Road Traffic Offences” for cases of bad driving
- Sentencing guidelines for careless driving
- Sentencing guidelines for dangerous driving
- Sentencing guidelines for death by driving
Information for bereaved relatives
If you have been bereaved as a result of a road traffic collision you can get free support and advice from specialist charities.
- RoadPeace – the national charity for road crash victims.
- Inquest – a charity offering free advice for bereaved families facing an inquest.