Motorists and taxi drivers applaud ‘very late’ cycling crackdown proposal

Motorists and taxi drivers cheered a ‘long overdue’ move to crack down on ‘reckless’ cyclists, saying it would improve road safety.

In an overhaul of traffic laws, the government will consider whether bikers should be required to obtain number plates, insurance and obey 20mph speed restrictions. The authorities are also studying the possibility of compulsory insurance, so that pedestrians seriously injured by reckless motorcyclists can receive compensation.

Grant Shapps denounced Steve McNamara (pictured), general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, welcomed the plansThis graphic showing the changes to the rules of the road, which came into force in the UK in January

The move was applauded by an association of taxi drivers, who said the measures are “long-standing” and demanded that bikers be held “accountable” for their activities.

People have also taken to social media to hail the measures, which are part of a wider crackdown on a minority of violent cyclists which would also see the development of a new fatality from a high-risk cycling offence.

One individual said: ‘It’s time they got away with it all, never pay for the harm they cause on horseback, and there’s no way to identify them.’

Another person remarked that it was “very late…Especially license plates so bikers can be held accountable for their behavior”.

Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, said motorcyclists should obey the same traffic rules as all of us.

“These initiatives are long overdue,” he said. For years, the taxi industry has demanded that equivalent protections be put in place for motorcyclists.

“For too long, motorists have been demonized and the sole target of ever stricter regulations and enforcement, despite the fact that the evidence clearly shows that more serious accidents are caused by reckless cyclists and dangerous cyclists. “

“If you watch any intersection in central London for just a few minutes, you will see bikers running red lights or driving at excessively high speeds with no regard for other road users or pedestrians, and with impunity.

Recent revisions to the traffic laws, which give greater priority to motorcyclists, have exacerbated these problems.

If ministers are serious about improving road safety while continuing to encourage ‘active travel’, it is imperative that cyclists obey the same laws on the road as we do and are held accountable for their actions when they fail to do so. .

Similar sentiments were expressed on social media, with many saying there was a need to avoid dangerous cycling.

“About time,” @RayMariead tweeted, “they get away with it all, never pay for the damage they cause on horseback, and there’s no way to identify them.”

@Guess who002 said: “I agree with Nick that cyclists are a law unto themselves because they operate without accountability. Make them accountable like all other drivers have been taught to be, and things might to change.

@davidthegolfer said: “License plates and insurance plus a friendly disposition.” There are many qualified cyclists, but an excessive number tarnishes their reputation. Oh, and ban biking and driving with headphones.

@GPastabake joked: ‘It’s rare that the news makes me smile these days… But this one has already brightened up my whole day… and it’s only six in the morning. Wholesomeness.’

“License plates in particular, so bikers can be held accountable for their driving,” @MrJonnyO tweeted.

Nick Freeman, a lawyer who has advocated for tougher bicycle laws, also welcomed the measures, saying they will help hold cyclists accountable for reckless driving. He previously told The Jeremy Vine Show: “I appreciate the actions of Grant Shapps, but I think he needs to go a lot further, and in my opinion we just need full parity with all users. traffic on the roads.”

“Unfortunately motorcyclists are required to carry ID.

“The primary objective must be to make the roads safer, and I completely agree; it would be nice if everyone was cycling, but not at the expense of the health and safety of others.

The infrastructure needs to be in place for them to pedal, but the pavements need to be safe for everyone.

Steve McNamara (pictured), general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, applauds the proposed changes.

Steve McNamara (pictured), general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, applauds the proposed changes.

He stressed that individuals must be held accountable for their actions.

“In my opinion, if individuals are held accountable, they will be accountable and they won’t run red lights or pedal on the sidewalk,” he said.

“Unfortunately, serious pedestrian injuries are increasing dramatically.

“Of course automobiles cause a lot more injuries, and I recognize that, but we want everyone to be safe, so I wouldn’t stop for bikes; instead, I would ban pedestrians from crossing the street while listening to music or using their phones.

“We all need to take responsibility for our actions; we cannot simply declare that those who cause the most harm are responsible.

Therefore, we need to be collaborative and inclusive, and everyone needs to take some level of responsibility.

Avid biker and show host Jeremy Vine shared a mock-up image of a bike with a spiked number plate, along with the statement “Yes, I’m ready.” Pedestrians struck by automobiles can file large claims, which are compensated by the driver’s insurer. However, this is not possible for victims of dangerous cyclists, and poor cyclists cannot be prosecuted.

The ideas would be part of a wider crackdown on a minority of aggressive cyclists, which would also include the introduction of a new crime of death by dangerous cycling, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced in the Daily Mail last month.

Currently, due to an “archaic” loophole, cyclists convicted of murder face a maximum of two years in prison, while motorists risk life in prison.

Stewart McGinn was sentenced to just over a year in prison earlier this year for killing 79-year-old Jane Stone when he collided with her while driving on the sidewalk.

And in 2016, Kim Briggs was killed in east London after Charlie Alliston’s illegally ridden bicycle hit her as she tried to cross the street. Alliston, whose motorcycle had no front brakes, was later cleared of manslaughter and convicted of ‘gratuitous or furious driving’ – the same charge as McGinn – and sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Amid growing friction arising from traffic law reviews, a traffic law review would increase parity.

Elsewhere, cyclists are even encouraged to ride in the middle of the road, following reforms announced by the government in January.

Drivers were given the added responsibility to watch out for pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians, while cyclists were given the added responsibility to watch out for pedestrians.

Other significant revisions include clearer instructions for cars to leave a minimum gap of 1.5 meters when overtaking bicycles and guidelines for automobiles entering a road to yield to pedestrians waiting to cross.

Charities and motoring organizations said insufficient efforts had been made to notify the public of the changes before they were enacted, which could lead to increased anger and discontent on the roads.

Neil Greig, head of policy and research at traffic safety organization IAM RoadSmart, told The Times: “Many motorists will assume that a cyclist in the center of the lane ahead of them is deliberately trying to slow them down.”

The result is confrontation, road rage and inappropriate overtaking. Everyone must be aware of these changes simultaneously for this to work.

The Alliance of British Drivers, meanwhile, criticized the changes as potentially dangerous.

A spokesperson said: “The proposed hierarchy of road users is likely to engender or intensify anger and animosity between different categories of road users, and may lead to irresponsible behavior by the share of cyclists and pedestrians.

All road users have a duty to all other road users and should treat each other with courtesy and tolerance.

Mr Shapps said in an interview with the Mail this week that bikes must obey the rules of the road.

He said: “There are places where bikes don’t break the law when they speed up, and that can’t be fair. Therefore, I suggest extending speed limits to cyclists.

“I don’t want to discourage people from cycling; it’s a great way to get around, and we’ve seen a huge increase in cycling during and after Covid. But I see no reason why bikers should be allowed to disobey traffic laws and get away with it.

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