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Should cycling on main roads be banned until you have a licence?

Should cycling on main roads be banned until you have a licence?

Should cycling on main roads be banned until you have a licence? Picture by Paul Glendell. Get the latest from our Environment and Transport team…

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Do cyclists need to be trained and have insurance before they are allowed to set out on a bike?

A debate has been sparked on the need for compulsory training and insurance as part of the Highway Code.

The idea is being promoted by motoring journalist Alan Douglas.

But what do you think? Tell us in our comments section below.

Mr Douglas from Kirriemuir is asking for the regulation of cyclists to be brought into the Highway Code.

He believes that cyclists should have compulsory training before they can take to the roads, saying that getting on your bike should now be regulated.Speaking on Wednesday’s edition of STV’s Scotland Tonight , Mr Douglas said he was “delighted” that cyclists were getting out on their bikes. But, he argued, they should not do that on main roads without insurance.He believes the time has come for punishment in law for cyclists who break the rules of the road.As well as needing to pass a competency test, he wants cyclists to be insured so that if they do cause, or are involved in an accident – they can be prosecuted.He said: “It seems crazy that anyone can just jump on a bike.“Unless I am wrong if you buy a dog you need insurance. It is good people who are going out but they do not need to go […]

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