Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland presented his Criminal Driving (Justice for Victims) Bill in the House of Commons on 12th January, after launching his manifesto in 2015. The new bill has support from Brake, the road safety charity, and Mulholland’s aim is to change the law to provide better justice for victims of crime on the roads and their family and loved ones.
The Bill seeks to strengthen penalties for criminal driving and MP Greg Mulholland introduced the Bill to the House of Commons and it quickly received backing from MPs from across the House as well as the aforementioned support from Brake.
The Bill wants to see stronger penalties but it also looks to redefine what constitutes a criminal driving offence and also look more closely and amend the bail conditions for those who have been charged. It also wants to look at enhancing standards of investigation by the police and in the Courts and demands that standards of treatment for both victims of criminal driving offences and also their families are improved within the justice system. Mr Mulholland has been championing better justice for victims of road crime for many years and continues to support this cause, with support from the House and other road safety campaigners.
The Bill was co-sponsored by 30 MPs from across the House and on his own website Mr Mulholland stated ‘“There are families up and down the country who have been through the same life shattering experience of losing loved ones. Yet as if the devastation and loss were not enough, too many of these families have been failed by the justice system, too many victims have been denied justice.
We will all be holding government to account in the months ahead, especially with a consultation document on potential changes now expected later this year. I am writing to justice ministers to ask them to look at what the Criminal Driving Bill calls for and how soon we can bring forward these changes.’
The Bill should help ensure that there is more support and help available to those who have experienced the devastating loss of a loved one due to road crime as well as those whose lives have been immeasurably changed by an accident and despite this justice is often not served or the penalties handed out are seemingly not equal to the level of pain and trauma caused. Speaking on behalf of Brake, campaigns and communications office Alice Bailey commented “Brake supports hundreds of victims and their families whose lives have been torn apart every year.
“They have already suffered so much and we must make sure their pain is not compounded by a lack of justice. It’s time this bill became law.”
The Bill is now awaiting its second scheduled reading at the House of Commons which should take place on 11th March.