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‘My car is not a leaning post’ – debate rages over whether cyclists should have insurance

'My car is not a leaning post' - debate rages over whether cyclists should have insurance

A cyclist on a cycle lane CoventryLive readers have been sharing their views on whether they feel cyclists should have to be insured to use…

Monday, Mar 21

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A cyclist on a cycle lane CoventryLive readers have been sharing their views on whether they feel cyclists should have to be insured to use the roads. More than 500 comments have already been left on the CoventryLive Facebook page amid a fierce debate on the issue.

Like most issues nowadays, opinion is split – with some saying they definitely must have it and others raising concerns about the increased bureaucracy which they believe the implementation of this rule would bring.

Cyclists are not legally required to get insurance, but there are policies available. Third-party liability is a legal must for drivers, and for some that means cyclists should have it too.

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Reader Andrew Hilton said: "There are, according to official estimates, one million uninsured drivers on UK roads, who cause about 1,250 deaths and serious injuries every year.

"Registration plates and mandatory insurance have not solved that problem, despite the best efforts of technology and policing.

"Who the hell is going to police the same requirement for cyclists, who cause tens of serious injuries per year?"Kendra Dunn said: "Yes, but only because they should be liable for damages caused when passing vehicles and if they cause an accident. My car is not a leaning post."Darren Bien said: "Let’s worry about getting all car drivers insured first!"Debbie Williams commented: "Yes and pay road tax like anyone else. You cycle on the road, […]

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