Local MP refuses to back call for better justice for road accident victims

We recently posted a piece about the campaign for better justice for victims of road accidents. The campaign is being organised by British Cycling and promoted in Parliament in an EDM proposed by the MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert. We asked people to contact our MP Jim Paice and ask him to sign the EDM. Some of our members took the time to do that and have now received letters back.

Here’s his response.

Thank you for contacting me about a review of the criminal justice system to protect road users better. You also ask me to sign EDM 407. Early Day Motions are an expression of backbench opinion directed at the Government and as a general rule I tend not to sign them but prefer instead to raise the matter directly with the responsible Government Ministers. I would like to assure you that the Government takes the safety of cyclists extremely seriously. I understand Ministers are taking a number of steps to ensure Britain remains a world leader in road safety. Training of all road users is important. To increase motorists’ awareness of cyclists’ issues, Ministers have made the driving test more realistic and less predictable, and are considering  how to improve training for drivers after they pass their test to help them develop their driving skills and knowledge.

Ministers have also pledged £11 million for Bikeability training each year to help a new generation of cyclists gain the skills and knowledge to they need to cycle safely. The Department for Transport has allocated £600 million through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to help finance a range of local transport schemes, the vast majority of which contain cycling elements. The Government has also recently made available an additional £30 million to tackle dangerous junctions and £15 million for infrastructure including cycle routes and facilities at  stations across the country. This investment will help in ensure our roads are a safer place for all.

The Government is leading discussions at European level on further improving standards for heavy goods vehicles to help reduce accidents caused by poor visibility. The Department has also made it simpler to councils to put in place 20mph zones and limits, and install Trixi mirrors to make cyclists more visible to drivers of large vehicles such as buses and HGVs, by reducing bureaucracy.

It is my understanding that the Ministry of Justice has received a letter form British Cycling relating to the review of the criminal justice system. Ministers are consulting with colleagues across Government on the issues raised before responding.

Thank you etc.

Rt Hon sir James Paice MP

So he is unwilling to show public support by signing the EDM becuase:

Early Day Motions are an expression of backbench opinion directed at the Government and as a general rule I tend not to sign them but prefer instead to raise the matter directly with the responsible Government Ministers

He doesn’t however say that he has raised this matter with the responsible Government Ministers.

In short our local MP appears unwilling to do anything to support this important campaign.

If you would like to contact him to raise your own concerns then he can be contacted via the They Work For You website.  (http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/james_paice/south_east_cambridgeshire)

There’s more information about the campaign and the EDM on our original post. (https://elycycle.org.uk/2012/09/05/cambridge-mp-wants-justice-for-victims-of-road-accidents/)

One thought on “Local MP refuses to back call for better justice for road accident victims

  1. I have written to him asking whether he has consulted with the relevant Ministers and also pointing out that EDM 407 has support from MPs of several parties along with this excerpt from a Times article (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3542217.ece):

    Official figures show that road deaths in Britain last year rose for the first time in eight years, with a 16 per cent increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured while riding bicycles, compared with only a 2 per cent increase in the number of bikes on the roads.

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