Anthony Slaughter, the Green Party’s candidate for the Cardiff South and Penarth Parliamentary constituency is calling for the drivers of motor vehicles to be automatically regarded as being responsible for any accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.
Only if “the casualty” – [ i.e. the cyclist or pedestrian] has “contributed to the collision” would their compensation be “reduced”.
If the casualty was an “impaired” person, or a child, or an elderly person – [ described as being “70+”] then they would not have their compensation reduced – even if the accident was entirely their fault.
Mr Slaughter – who doesn’t have a driving licence himself – was one of the main protagonists of the “Twenty’s Plenty” campaign which sought – unsuccessfully – to introduce a Penarth-wide 20 mph limit.
That campaign did gain some local support and the policy was adopted in Llandough – but all the Penarth wards voted against the idea in a consultation carried out by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2013 .
The Green Party is now aiming to “change the culture of road justice and civil compensation with a road danger reduction approach”.
It’s not clear how the policy would apply in cases in which a cyclist has collided with pedestrians [as has happened on the Cardiff Barrage and on the Railway Path] or with a parked car [ the cause of a cycling fatality in 2014] .