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LAW FLOUTING CYCLISTS MUST FACE FIXED PENALTY FINES SAYS ACC

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Unsafe and inconsiderate cyclists could face fines for ignoring the rules of the road if the Association of County ...
Unsafe and inconsiderate cyclists could face fines for ignoring the rules of the road if the Association of County Councils has its way.

The association is calling for powers for traffic wardens to slap fines on cyclists who flout road and safety rules. It is pressing ministers to establish a fixed penalty system for bike riders to cover offences such as riding on the footpath, ignoring traffic signs and signals and cycling without lights.

Every year hundreds of people are hurt in collisions with bicycles and yet local authorities are almost powerless to do anything about cyclists who defy the rules of the road, the ACC says.

Last year, a Cambridgeshire CC byelaw banned cycling at certain times of the day in two busy shopping streets in Cambridge. The idea was that people should get off their bikes and walk them through the streets to take another route. But many cyclists simply ignored the byelaw, and although the police could in theory issue a summons, for most police officers it is not a priority.

'Letting traffic wardens issue on-the-spot fines would simplify the enforcement and make our streets safer for all,' said Derek Bateman, chair of the ACC's environment committee.

'We are keen to encourage cycling. It is one of the greenest forms of transportation available to us, but the other side of the coin is that cyclists have to accept their responsibilities as road users.'

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