Cycling Ulster welcome the opening of a consultation from the Department for Infrastructure on making careless driving a fixed penalty notice offence.
The consultation looks at the current legislative process for careless driving and explores how this might be improved with the introduction of a new fixed penalty for lower level offences.
In addition, the consultation considers how the availability of a fixed penalty offence for careless driving may enable police to use dash-cam footage, submitted from private motorists and riders, to investigate and enforce against poor driving behaviour.
Speaking on the opening of the consultation, Cycling Ulster Chairperson, Tommy McCague said:
“Cycling Ulster welcomes this consultation by the Department for Infrastructure on making careless driving a fixed penalty notice offence.
“The ability to submit video footage to investigate and enforce against poor driving behaviour is something that we have been pressing for.
“Cycling Ulster were able to provide cameras to clubs for use by members in areas where we had the support of Policing and Community Safety Partnerships in recent years as part of our road safety campaign.
“This allows members to record careless driving however the power to investigate and enforce against poor driving behaviour is something which is currently lacking.
“Cycling Ulster therefore would encourage our members and clubs to support footage being able to be used in this manner in their response to this consultation.”
You can respond to the consultation online by clicking here.