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Registration plates and insurance for cyclists being considered by government – report

Registration plates and insurance for cyclists being considered by government – report

Whitehall review is also said to suggest cycling speed limits, along with licence penalty points and fines The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has proposed a…

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Whitehall review is also said to suggest cycling speed limits, along with licence penalty points and fines The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has proposed a Whitehall review of how cyclists who flout the law can be tracked down by police. Bikes could be made to have registration plates and insurance as ministers weigh up bringing speed limits for cyclists into line with those for drivers.

The government is also considering the possibility of cyclists receiving licence penalty points and fines if they break speed limits or run red lights, the Daily Mail reported.

It comes as the transport secretary, Grant Shapps , proposed a Whitehall review of how cyclists who flout the law can be tracked down by police.

“Somewhere where cyclists are actually not breaking the law is when they speed, and that cannot be right, so I absolutely propose extending speed limit restrictions to cyclists,” he said. “Particularly where you’ve got 20mph limits on increasing numbers of roads, cyclists can easily exceed those, so I want to make speed limits apply to cyclists.

“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’. So I’m proposing there should be a review of insurance and how you actually track cyclists who do break the laws [via identifiable markings].”

There has been an increase in people using bicycles to get around in recent years and it is understood the government is keen to […]

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