UK’s transport secretary implied that he is not a fan of unnecessary ‘bureaucracy’, however
Current UK transport secretary Grant Shapps last week (17 August 2022) claimed that cyclists could be required to purchase mandatory insurance as part of rules included in a new Transport Bill, which will begin passage through parliament later this year. Read more… House of Lords debates need for e-scooter safety regulations and compulsory insurance Shapps, who may lose his cabinet position once a new prime minister is selected next month, told the Daily Mail that “there should be a review of insurance and how you actually track cyclists who do break the laws”.
Shapps suggested that new laws should be brought in to extend speed limits to cyclists and allow cyclists to be prosecuted for speeding and riding dangerously.
“I want to make speed limits apply to cyclists,” he said.
“That obviously does then lead you into the questions of ‘how are you going to recognise the cyclists, do you need registration plates and insurance and that sort of thing?’”
However, in a separate interview with The Times , Shapps said: “I’m a keen cyclist – I’m very proud of the big expansion in the number of miles being cycled [in the UK].
“I’m not attracted to the bureaucracy of registration plates – that would go too far.”Cycling-focused news website Road contacted the Department for Transport to seek clarification on Shapps’ comments and was told: “It’s just proposals. No new policy has been introduced as of yet. The Times piece is […]