Tarsem Dari, Southall, London, July 2012

Tarsem, a father of five and a careful and experienced cyclist, was killed when he was hit by a four-axle tipper lorry as the driver turned a corner. The driver failed to see that Tarsem was cycling straight on.

The driver was originally arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but was allowed to admit to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving just days before his trial. He was also charged with several tachograph offences. Tarsem’s family was unaware of his change of plea and only learned of it when contacted by the London Evening Standard.

The driver was fined £120 for the tachograph offences and for causing Tarsem’s death he received a nine-month suspended jail sentence, was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work, to pay a £100 victim surcharge and was banned from driving for only 18 months.

Tarsem’s story shows how drivers can escape with light sentences even in very serious cases,
simply by pleading guilty to a ‘careless’ driving offence.

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