Monday 15 October 2018

Cycling groups reject TD's call for on-the-spot fines for rule breakers

CYCLING groups have criticised calls for on-the-spot fines to be introduced for riders who break the rules of the road.

Labour TD Kevin Humphreys had made the demand following the publication of a survey showing that 46pc of cyclists in the capital break the law.

The Dublin South-East deputy said the figures highlight the need for new laws to ensure cyclists obey the rules.

"I have previously called in the Dail for the introduction of fixed charge penalties or on-the-spot fines to ensure cyclists breaking the rules can be easily punished.

"The survey showed a significant minority of cyclists are failing to observe rules that ban cycling on footpaths, the breaking of traffic lights and cycling against the flow of traffic," he said. "This has the effect of giving all cyclists a bad name but effective punishments are required to stamp out irresponsible behaviour," he said.

The survey by Semperit Tyres was carried out over two days around Dublin city. However, Mike McKillen of the Dublin Cycling Campaign rejected the idea of on-the-spot fines.

"To implement that sort of regime you have to have a rider and a bike registration scheme. There are more bikes in the country than there are motor vehicles so you're going to have to register something like 280,000 bikes," he said.

The main infringements included cycling on footpaths (21pc), breaking traffic lights (15pc) and cycling against the flow of traffic or the wrong way on a one-way street (14pc).

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