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Cycling: Safety

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Cycling: Safety

House of Lords Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)
Written Statements and Written Answers
July 6, 2015

Asked by Lord Bradshaw on 24 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect cyclists from collisions with heavy goods vehicles. [HL782]

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: Road safety including reducing the instances of cyclists being killed or seriously injured, particularly by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) is a subject that we take extremely seriously. Government has helped encourage and develop better HGV design and will continue to do so.   The Department for Transport will be consulting on a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS). Our plans to tackle cyclist safety and fatalities caused by all vehicle types, including HGVs will form a key part of this document.

In 2014/15, the Highways Agency spent £747m for its network renewal programme, of which £555m was for the renewal of roads including pavements. Under the Government’s Road Investment Strategy, Highways England will undertake a major programme of maintenance and renewal funded through the Investment Plan for the period 2015 - 2020. This includes an extensive programme of resurfacing to address ageing road surfaces and to minimise future maintenance liabilities.

Asked by Lord Laird on 24 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate bicycles to increase the safety of cyclists in built-up areas; and how they will ensure that any regulations are complied with. [HL810]

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: There are currently no plans for Her Majesty’s Government to further regulate bicycles. Bicycles are currently regulated under Statutory Instruments 2010 no 198, Consumer Protection, The Pedal Bicycles (Safety) Regulations 2010.

The enforcement of cycling offences is an operational matter for individual chief officers of police. Officers can issue verbal warnings, fixed penalty notices or report the road user for formal prosecution.

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