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Why Grant Shapps is really calling for cyclists to wear number-plates

Why Grant Shapps is really calling for cyclists to wear number-plates

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps Grant Shapps has raised some eyebrows by saying cyclists should be forced to wear number-plates, get mandatory insurance, and follow new…

Wednesday, Aug 17

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps Grant Shapps has raised some eyebrows by saying cyclists should be forced to wear number-plates, get mandatory insurance, and follow new speed limits.

The Transport Secretary’s proposals, briefed to the Daily Mail in the middle of a Tory leadership contest , are as deliberately incendiary as they are impractical.

Quite simply, this is not going to happen – and Shapps knows it. No need to take my word on this: the transport secretary’s own department looked at the question as recently as November 2018.

In its report the Department for Transport concluded: "The Government has no plans to introduce a registration and licensing regime for cyclists because the costs and complexity of introducing such a system would significantly outweigh the benefits".

The review found the safety case for such a system was not strong because "bicycles involved in collisions on the highway are far less likely to cause serious injury to other road users", and " cycling has clear benefits" for wider society, which a registration and licensing system would "significantly reduce" by deterring.

One particularly strange thing about Shapps’ intervention is that this government has been indisputably the best administration in living memory when it comes to supporting cycling – and Shapps himself has overseen this process

His department has provided unprecedented funding for new safe infrastructure, and it has set out high quality standards for how that cash can be spent. The government has modernised the Highway Code to protect people cycling on roads and set up Active Travel […]

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