About Road Justice

The problem with bad driving

Put simply, bad driving is using a motor vehicle in a way that is inconsiderate and puts others at risk.

CTC has long campaigned for the rights of cyclists to use the roads safely. Our Safety in Numbers research found that the more cyclists there are in a given area, the lower the risk of cycling. We also found that fear is one of the main reasons that people don’t cycle. Therefore, to get more cyclists on our roads, we need to make our roads feel safer.

Road Justice (formerly known as Stop-SMIDSY) aims to address the far too common attitude that simply saying ‘Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You’ somehow justifies an act of bad driving. This is not true and it must be stopped.

How we’re campaigning to stop bad driving

The Road Justice campaign seeks to make roads in the UK safer for all road users by encouraging the police, the prosecution services and the courts to take bad driving seriously and actively discourage it.

The police, prosecutors and the courts all contribute to protecting us from criminal behaviour on the roads. Much of the time they are effective and many bad drivers are prosecuted and receive the appropriate penalties. Yet, unfortunately, some bad drivers go unpunished due to what CTC perceives as occasional failings of these institutions. This can send out the message that driving inconsiderately or in a way that puts others at risk is acceptable.

The Road Justice campaign will take these institutions to task on how they treat bad driving. Before we go to these institutions, we need proof of how they need to improve. That’s where you come in. We need you to report your experiences of bad driving using the Road Justice reporting tool.

If you report that you would like legal advice, we will send your information to our lawyers. They will contact you within seven days if they think you have a case.

The campaign’s objectives

1. To ensure high quality police investigations of all road traffic collisions involving injury and death.

2. To ensure the police and prosecution make appropriate charging and prosecution decisions.

3. Sentences that reflect the severity of the offence and discourage bad driving, including greater use of substantial driving bans.

How we are going to achieve the objectives

We are working to raise public awareness of the failings of the justice system and to build public and political support for change.

We have collected, and continue to collect, evidence of how the system has let cyclists down. On this website you can read numerous stories of people whose lives have been thrown upside down by a road collision and who have been let down by the legal bodies meant to protect and support them.

We have a procedure in place to learn from police best practice by asking people who have been involved in a road traffic collision to nominate a police officer if they responded exceptionally well to an incident.

We engage with the police at the national level and set up working groups at the local level between local cycling groups and police forces to ensure the campaign’s recommendations are acted on by the police.

We are working with other organisations to raise political awareness of the issues and to increase political support for change through meetings with influential individuals and decision makers.

We are active members on the Justice Review working group, alongside British Cycling and RoadPeace, which is seeking a review of the entire justice system. Other members of the working group include representatives of the Ministry of Justice; the CPS; the Department for Transport; the Home Office; and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

We are going to hold a debate on sentencing for driving offences in June 2014, in order to influence the Sentencing Council’s forthcoming review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences.

We will contribute to the Government’s driving offences and penalties review planned for the summer 2014.

How you can get involved with Road Justice

If you’re passionate about cycling and safer roads you can get involved in the Road Justice campaign in many ways: from making a donation to keep the campaign running to becoming a local campaigner.

Campaign supporters

Road Justice is a joint campaign run by CTC – the national cycling charity and the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity which fights legal cases involving cyclists and cycling.

Road Justice is supported by Slater and Gordon Lawyers

In collaboration with
  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: sco42541. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.