THE FURTHER PRICE OF NOT TALKING: PRISON SENTENCES

The punishment for gross negligence manslaughter – where breach of duty of care causes a death – has changed. Culpability is now assessed on a scale of low to high, with every point on that scale having a custodial sentence term attached to it. The lowest sentence to expect is a 2-year prison sentence. More serious negligence will carry a sentence of 8-12 years.

Sentencing will not just be down to how serious an incident was, but also whether or not warnings were adhered to. “Blatant disregard” for risk of death will not be taken lightly. If this disregard stems from financial greed or unwillingness to spend money on safety, the sentence is likely to be lengthy. Do not disregard your drivers’ mental welfare, if the signs are there.

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