Caspar Hughes An Exeter-based cycling campaigner, Caspar Hughes, has slammed the idea that bicycles should have number plates, following news that potential new government laws could also include a mandatory requirement for cyclists to have road insurance in the UK. He believes that the government is acting in response to a media "culture war against cyclists".
"What legitimises people to be anti-cyclist? It’s healthy, it doesn’t cause any damage and no pollution. It’s the press, isn’t it?" he said. Caspar acknowledges that some cyclists "act like d***s" but argues that the same is true in "any walk of life". The way he puts it: "I’d rather have an idiot on a bike than an idiot in a car, any day of the week."
Someone is killed or seriously injured by a car every 22 minutes, according to road charity Brake. "We’re not talking about how driving kills and maims daily, we’re not talking about how to decarbonise transport, we’re talking about what they [the press] want. And what they want is an attack on one of the very things that can help us decarbonise the largest emitting and polluting sector in the UK," the campaigner says.
Caspar added that he believes the chance of transport secretary Grant Shapps actually enacting a law "is unlikely due to the additional pressures of administration required to police such laws".
"But the media is pushing for this so hard, they might create the political will for such a move, especially as [Boris] Johnson was very pro-cycling and […]