The country’s leading motoring lawyer is calling for a change in the law which would see cyclists being forced to comply with the same rules as motorcyclists.
The comments from Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, come on the back of a study that said that whilst road deaths are down for those traveling by car, there had been a 10 per cent rise last year in the number of cyclists killed on the country’s highways.
Mr Freeman said due to widespread initiatives aimed at getting people out of their cars and using other forms of transport – coupled with rising fuel costs – there needs to be a change in legislation for cyclists.
In addition to abiding by all traffic signals, he said it should be made law for all cyclists to wear helmets and hi-visibility clothing.
Mr Freeman said:
Thanks to developments in technology cars are now much safer.
Cyclists on the hand are incredibly vulnerable and wearing helmets and sporting hi-vis clothing – which will cut down on deaths and injury – should be made mandatory.
In addition there are a number of cyclists who seem to totally disregard the Highway Code and ignore signals and junctions at their own peril.
Again, they should be forced to stick to the letter of the law, as they are a danger to themselves and other road users.
Undertaking when approaching left turns, ignoring red lights, not being visible in low light conditions and mounting pavements are just a small number of practices that are commonplace.
Enforcing this kind of legislation is in the best interests of all road users. It will tackle slipping road safety standards head on.
Mr Freeman added:
The Cycling Proficiency course that many of us undertook as youngsters was an excellent way of teaching cyclists the correct way to use our roads safely and responsibly.
Courses like this should be made compulsory for cyclists using public highways. To pass it means reaching a certain level of competency and an understanding of the rules of the road.