MPs to debate petitions on road traffic offences for fatal collisions
10 November 2021
On Monday 15 November, MPs will debate petitions relating to road traffic offences for fatal collisions.
Christina Rees MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.
Tougher sentences for hit and run drivers who cause death
The petition, which has more than 104,000 signatures, states: “The maximum penalty for failure to stop after an incident is points and a 6-month custodial sentence. Causing death by careless/dangerous driving is between 5-14 yrs. The sentence for failing to stop after a fatal collision must be increased.”
In response to the petition, provided on 28 August 2021, the Government said: “It is wholly irresponsible for drivers to fail to stop and report an incident. However, the offence of failing to stop should not be used to punish an offender for a serious, but not proven, offence.”
Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving'
The petition, which has more than 167,000 signatures, states: “The offence of causing 'death by dangerous driving' should be widened to include: failure to stop, call 999 and render aid on scene until further help arrives.”
In response to the petition, provided on 24 March 2021, the Government said: “It is unacceptable for drivers to fail to stop and report an incident. However, the offence should not be used to punish an offender for a serious, but unproven, offence.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their and petitioners’ concerns directly to Government Ministers.