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Frank Hovis

Pointless cycling law

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Motorists should be considerate to cyclists and vice versa.

That's not in debate for 95, 99% of people but there is the odd motorist and cyclist who is a total knobber.

So in comes yet another new law which will make no difference:



AGGRESSIVE motorists who drive too close to cyclists will be targeted for fines from today in a bid to make roads safer for bike users.

The Department for Transport hopes the new rules will encourage more people to use bikes for short journeys and reduce the number of accidents.

Some police forces have already began to impose £100 fines and three penalty points for drivers caught passing less than 1.5m from bikes.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman will announce today that other forces will be trained to ensure “more drivers are made aware of the need to leave safe distances when overtaking cyclists”, The Times reports.

The initiative, which follows a Government review into cycling - will also see learner drivers given extra tuition so they can pass cyclists safely.



There was a similar campaign last week about horses on the roads on the local radio station.  Horror stories of dead horses and people coming up close then loudly revving their engines to scare horses.

What is the point of all this nonsense?  Anybody who will take any notice of these campaigns will not have been winging cyclists or deliberately scaring horses in the first place.

It does precisely nothing; if you want safer roads then bring back the specifc arm of the police that is the roads police so that there becomes a chance of catching these idiots.  Public education campaigns like these are a waste of time and money designed to provide the impression that the government / police are doing something when they are quite patently not doing anything.  

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