Grant Shapps grilled on Rishi Sunak's tax 'U-turn'
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed cyclists could face a legal shake-up soon as he considers whether they should be forced to have registration numbers, insurance and observe speed limits. The suggestion comes after Department for Transport figures showed 304 pedestrians were injured and four killed after being hit by cyclists in Britain in 2020.
Speaking to the Mail about the proposal, Mr Shapps said: “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 as well.
“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 does then lead you into the question of, ‘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.”
However, the Welwyn Hatfield MP appeared to backtrack when speaking to the Times.
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Mr Shapps said he was “not attracted to the bureaucracy of registration plates”.
He later added: “That would go too far.”
Motoring groups have welcomed Mr Shapps’ suggestion as “sensible” and “long overdue”, according to the MailOnline.
A poll of 1,500 drivers appeared to indicate many Brits also support the proposal.
The survey, conducted by motoring campaign group FairFuelUK, found 91 percent supported cyclists being forced to “have road registration IDs”.
Another 70 percent backed them having insurance and 80 percent supported speeding penalties.
However, the Transport Secretary was also dealt a slight blow in the opinion poll after 72 percent said they did not think the plan was enforceable.
FairFuelUK founder Howard Cox said: “The usual suspects are rising up against the Transport Secretary’s plans.
“Any common-sense, law-abiding person would value the need to adhere to such sensible new regulatory safety proposals.
“Sadly, most say in the survey that it will be impossible to enforce and there is, of course, the administrative cost of making it all happen.
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“As a consequence, the cycling zealots will win again and be laughing their socks off, all the way through the next red traffic light.”
However, pro-cycling groups have voiced concern about the proposal and even claimed it is “unworkable”.
Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s head of campaigns, said: “These proposals to regulate cycling are impractical and unworkable, and have been repeatedly dismissed by successive governments.
“They’re also a complete U-turn on current Government policy as laid out last November when Baroness Vere said, ‘the costs of doing so would outweigh the benefits’.”
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