17:24 Monday 20 January 2014

'Cyclists should be registered' - Burton MEP

Written byHELEN KREFT

A MEMBER of the European Union representing Burton is calling for cyclists to be registered – to increase accountability.

West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire has suggested that cyclists should wear high-visibility vests emblazoned with a registration number, much like a car.

She said: “Often I see cyclists ignoring the Highway Code, endangering themselves and the lives of others.

”Wearing a fluorescent high-visibility vest not only makes them more visible to cars and pedestrians alike, but a registration number would ensure that cyclists are responsible for their actions.

“As an occasional cyclist myself, and someone who would like to see the concept of ‘Boris Bikes’ here in the West Midlands, I feel that it is time that cyclists could become more accountable.

“If a cyclist jumps a red light and causes damage to another car, they are able to cycle off with no way of tracing them.”

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