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Man called on transport under secretary Trudy Harrison to change cycling laws

Man called on transport under secretary Trudy Harrison to change cycling laws

A BARROW man says the government stole his idea about cyclists being insured after his car was damaged by a child. Mark Bell is calling…

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A BARROW man says the government stole his idea about cyclists being insured after his car was damaged by a child.

Mark Bell is calling for cyclists to have insurance and wants them to be held to account when cycling irresponsibly.

He took his calls to Barrow and Furness MP Simon Fell after a child collided with his car while taking a drink on a push bike a few months ago, he said.

But he says he calls fell on deaf ears – until now.

This week Transport Secretary Grant Shapps backed proposed changes for cyclists including calls for insurance and number plates before they take to the road.

Mr Bell, who had to foot the bill himself after paint was scraped from down the side of three panels of the vehicle, said: “I sat back and thought, if this has happened to me, how many other cars are being hit?

“I contacted Simon Fell and said to him, ‘why are cyclists allowed to go into cars and we are paying for the damage?’ There should be some give and take because if we hit a cyclist and they get injured, they can get thousands off us.“Maybe by holding them responsible they might cycle more sensibly and be less of a risk.”Mr Fell then passed on the concerns to fellow Cumbrian MP Trudy Harrison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Transport.Responding to Mr Bell in writing Mrs Harrison said: “We have previously considered the possibility of introducing a compulsory insurance system for everyone […]

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