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Will cyclists actually need numberplates? The facts around Grant Shapps ‘plan’

Will cyclists actually need numberplates? The facts around Grant Shapps 'plan'

The long answer is a formal call for evidence does not exist and Grant Shapps might be out of a job soon and the issue…

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The long answer is a formal call for evidence does not exist and Grant Shapps might be out of a job soon and the issue was already rejected in 2018. The short answer is – probably – no Will you soon need a number plate for your bike? (

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Tory Grant Shapps has broken the internet by suggesting cyclists could need number plates.

The Transport Secretary told the Daily Mail he will propose extending speed restrictions to cyclists – especially in 20mph zones.

That “obviously” raises the question of how you fine the cyclist, he added – “do you need registration plates and insurance?”

It’s a great talking point, and he said it. Except, here’s the thing. We’ve looked into it, and it seems like there’s pretty much zero prospect of it happening any time soon.

Firstly, speed limits for cyclists – let alone number plates to enforce them – haven’t even been formally proposed by the government. Speed limits for cyclists – let alone number plates to enforce them – haven’t even been formally proposed by the government (Image:Getty) If they were going to become law, they’d have to be proposed, consulted on, and then brought to Parliament, then passed by MPs.For the bits that have been consulted on – like an offence of death by careless cycling – they’ve been up in the air for four years.And even if a consultation did get all the way down the track, we will have a new PM – and quite possibly […]

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