Public Transport and the Visually Impaired 2

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2851
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A constituent and member of South East London Vision has asked me to ask the following:

"Bicycles use the roads the same as any other vehicle and are under the same rules of the highway code like anyone else. But they go through red lights very often and ride on the pavements and this is adults, my question is with this in mind. 

Why do they not have an identifying number plate, why do they not pay road tax or insurance.

If they knock someone over it is an awful experience but they get no penalties.

If they had a number plate they could be reported for jumping the lights and for riding on the pavement, after all if they cannot ride on the road then they should not be on a bike."

Would the Mayor support a national scheme to register bicycles as per other users?

Answer

Answer for Public Transport and the Visually Impaired 2

Answer for Public Transport and the Visually Impaired 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have looked at this in detail. However, I have said in the past that I would not support the registration of cyclists because of the unnecessary bureaucratic effort that would result from this. In addition, any change to the law that would require cyclists to register their bikes, or indeed to carry insurance, would require legislation at a national level and thus lies outside of my jurisdiction as Mayor.

However, I do not tolerate dangerous or irresponsible behaviour by cyclists or other road users. Instead, the approach that we are taking in London is to promote the message that the Highway Code must be respected by all those who use the roads. I am strongly in favour of promoting the ethos of 'responsible cycling' and mutual respect between cyclists and other road users. This means TfL working with the Metropolitan Police to eliminate offences such as jumping red lights, cycling on the pavement and cycling at night without adequate lighting, through initiatives such as Operation Safeway.