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Cycling licence ‘debate’ reignited by Channel 4 show and Scotland Tonight

Cycling licence 'debate' reignited by Channel 4 show and Scotland Tonight

Scotland Tonight debate (Scotland Tonight) Despite the government, as recently as December, saying it has "no plans" to introduce legislation the so-called debate about cyclists…

Tuesday, Jun 14

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Scotland Tonight debate (Scotland Tonight) Despite the government, as recently as December, saying it has "no plans" to introduce legislation the so-called debate about cyclists needing compulsory training, a licence and insurance to use the roads has resurfaced in recent days, with several UK media outlets hosting TV segments or publishing news stories on the subject.

Scotland Tonight (link is external) hosted an on-air debate last week, in which a motoring journalist and cyclist "go head-to-head on whether road cycling should be regulated". The segment was followed up by Aberdeen-based newspaper The Press and Journal (link is external) asking: "Should cycling on main roads be banned until you have a licence?"

South of the border, CambridgeshireLive (link is external) this morning ran a vox pop article asking readers whether cyclists should be required to have insurance, while approaching lunchtime, Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch posted a Twitter poll asking viewers if "cycling on main roads should be banned until you have a licence?" Dilemma of the day:
SHOULD CYCLING ON MAIN ROADS BE BANNED
UNTIL YOU HAVE A LICENCE? The poll, which currently has more than 60 per cent voting against cycling licences (at the time of writing) has received criticism, with one reply calling it "clickbait nonsense" and another "mad crankery".

Last week’s Scotland Tonight debate appears to have reignited the media coverage of the topic.

"We need compulsory training and licences for cyclists. They are the only unregulated group of road users," motoring journalist Alan Douglas said during […]

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