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Survey on cycling proposals not representative of all drivers

Survey on cycling proposals not representative of all drivers

A poll of 1,500 drivers by motoring campaign group Fair Fuel UK found 91% supported cyclists being forced to ‘have road registration IDs’. The poll…

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A poll of 1,500 drivers by motoring campaign group Fair Fuel UK found 91% supported cyclists being forced to ‘have road registration IDs’.

The poll can’t be said to be representative of all drivers and did not explicitly ask whether cyclists should be “forced” to have registration IDs. “91% of motorists back plan to force cyclists to sport registration plates, poll suggests”. An article published in the Daily Mail on 18 August , also published online the day before, claims that “91% of motorists back plan to force cyclists to sport registration plates, poll suggests.”

It refers to comments made by transport secretary Grant Shapps proposing extending speed limits to apply to cyclists.

Mr Shapps said: “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].”

According to the Mail’s article: “A poll of 1,500 drivers by motoring campaign group Fair Fuel UK found 91 per cent supported cyclists being forced to ‘have road registration IDs’. Another 70 per cent backed them having insurance and 80 per cent supported speeding penalties.”

This poll, which remains open to respondents at the time of writing, was shared by Fair Fuel UK founder Howard Cox, who in a tweet described the online survey as “open to all”.

He told Full Fact: “No surprises […]

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