Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Now England can punish cyclists with up to 14 years in prison

Cyclists must also follow the traffic law. Now the English of this sort fall under a law that is actually intended for horses.

In the future, English cyclists must adhere even more closely to the literal interpretation of the Road Traffic Act. England is now punishing them with a law that is actually intended for the few in traffic on horseback.

With the law, the police in England can stop any cyclist who breaks any speed limit. That's what Cycling Weekly writes.

The law under which cyclists are now punished is called 'wanton and furious riding', and it aims to crack down on reckless driving in traffic. Although cyclists cannot actually be stopped and punished for reckless crossing alone.

And although cyclists account for only 2 percent of the fatal accidents on English roads, the country's Ministry of Transport has nevertheless asked experts to look at how cyclists can be punished more severely.

READ ALSO: Special photo van traps 117 motorists on the same road

Conservative MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith is the man behind the law and has been accused of having an 'anti-cyclist' agenda. Something he himself rejects.

– I think that cyclists whose reckless crossing is responsible for fatal accidents should be punished in the same way as motorists are held responsible for their actions, says Sir Iain Duncan Smith.

However, the new law does not only hold cyclists responsible for their behaviour. It will also penalize cyclists who do not maintain their bikes properly.

Here at home, cyclists don't go free either. At regular intervals, law enforcement crack down on cyclists who flout the traffic laws. Surveys also show that motorists regard cyclists as the biggest nuisance in traffic. Read more about it here .

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