Ministers are set to recommend a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling under plans expected to be announced this week, it has been reported.
Last September, it was revealed MPs were considering introducing an offence for cyclists who kill pedestrians, in a review designed to reflect public concern over safety on the roads.
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Reports on Sunday suggested the review will recommend the new offence, which would carry the same penalties as causing death by dangerous driving.
Motorists convicted of the charge face up to 14 years in prison – but the government has already said it is committed to increasing the penalty to a life sentence.
The review followed the case of cyclist Charlie Alliston, who was jailed for 18 months in September for knocking over and killing 44-year-old Kim Briggs as he sped through east London on a bike with no front brakes.
Alliston, 20, was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”, a crime under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.
The Victorian law, originally drafted to deal with reckless handling of horses, was used because there was no cycling equivalent in the law of the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.