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Cyclists may need number plates and insurance under tough new road laws

Cyclists may need number plates and insurance under tough new road laws

A string of new cycling laws could be put before Parliament in the autumn (Picture: Getty Images) Cyclists should be insured, have registration plates and…

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A string of new cycling laws could be put before Parliament in the autumn (Picture: Getty Images) Cyclists should be insured, have registration plates and must follow the speed limit just like drivers, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps suggests.

The cabinet minister has hinted at several potential changes in road laws that aim to crack down on reckless or irresponsible cycling.

He says people should no longer turn a ‘blind eye’ to cyclists travelling at dangerous speeds or cutting red lights.

It comes after Mr Shapps vowed to create a ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law which will treat offenders the same as motorists.

The Welwyn Hatfield MP said it ‘cannot be right’ that cyclists are able to exceed the speed limit – particularly in 20mph zones – without actually breaking the law.

For this reason, the Transport Secretary says he would like to extend the restrictions to cyclists as well. Cyclists may soon need some form of registration plate or other identification markings (Picture: Getty Images) ‘That obviously does then lead you into the question of: “Well, how are you going to recognise the cyclist? Do you need registration plates and insurance? And that sort of thing”,’ he told the Daily Mail.

‘So I’m proposing there should be a review of insurance and how you actually track cyclists who do break the laws.’The Highway Code and Road Traffic Act speeding limits only apply to those driving motor vehicles.While local authorities can impose speed limits on cyclists, it has been rarely done in practice.Department for Transport […]

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