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Fuel Card Blog Updates: Law comes down harder on dangerous drivers

Long before time – this was The Fuelcard Company’s first thought to this week’s announcement of tougher penalties for dangerous drivers who cause serious injury to others on the road.

The motoring industry unanimously supported the introduction of a new offence – “causing serious injury by dangerous driving” – which will see the current maximum sentence of two years increased to five for reckless motorists whose victims are seriously injured but not killed.

We should hope so too! The emotional and financial consequences of serious injury suffered by countless victims and their families can be long-lasting and irreparable. It’s only right that reckless motorists who race around driving irresponsibly and cause such destruction get their just desserts.

Crispin Blunt MP, the minister of prisons and sentencing policy, shared this sentiment when he said: “At the moment there are some people who are very badly injured by dangerous drivers and with the emotional trauma for the families suffering under these circumstances, there is a gap in the law that means people are not properly sentenced so we are going to address that.”

Road safety charity Brake also believes the change in law is vital. Spokeswoman Sarah Fatica commented: “It will hopefully act as a bit more of a deterrent to say to dangerous drivers, ‘your behaviour is unacceptable and we are going to punish you accordingly’.”

It’s a shame that it’s taken this long to get the law changed so that victims and their families can take comfort from the fact perpetrators are being properly punished. We support the new legislation and share Brake’s hope that it leads to improvements in driving behaviour and importantly, a reduction in serious collisions and wrecked lives as a result of dangerous driving.


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