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Cyclists, welcome, you have just become the latest target in the culture wars

Cyclists, welcome, you have just become the latest target in the culture wars

Why would Grant Shapps have us think that number plates for bikes are a good idea? The only place that has them is North Korea…

Wednesday, Aug 17

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Why would Grant Shapps have us think that number plates for bikes are a good idea? The only place that has them is North Korea ‘Why did Grant Shapps venture so far off piste?’ Political certainties are rare these days, but the zero chance that Grant Shapps’ ideas about mandatory insurance and registration plates for cyclists are ever enacted is about as close as you can get.

The transport secretary floated the idea of compulsory insurance for all bikes on the road and number plates for cyclists in an interview with the Daily Mail that made the front pagetoday: “How are you going to recognise the cyclist, do you need registration plates?” he asked. He then said the opposite in an interview with the Times : “I’m not attracted to the bureaucracy of registration plates. That would go too far.” His confused interventions would have been news to his junior ministers at the Department for Transport, too, whose longtime view has been that such schemes are a waste of time.

It is not just his own political staffers – more or less every official within the Department for Transport, and any expert outside it, would tell Shapps, if asked, that such plans have been mooted many times in numerous places, but have been very rarely implemented. When they have, it has never been with success. Switzerland had a try for a period. Argentina once tried, as have several US cities. But the only place to stick with the idea has been […]

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