Cyclists may need number plates and could face speed limits under plans for new rules

    Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has suggested that cyclists could face 20mph speed limits and may need number plates and insurance too.

    It comes just weeks after the UK Transport Secretary suggested a "death by dangerous cycling" law should be created.

    Grant Shapps told the Daily Mail: "Somewhere where cyclists are actually not breaking the law is when they speed, and that cannot be right, so I absolutely propose extending speed limit restrictions to cyclists.

    "Particularly where you've got 20mph limits on increasing numbers of roads, cyclists can easily exceed those, so I want to make speed limits apply to cyclists.

    "That obviously does then lead you into the question of: 'Well, how are you going to recognise the cyclist? Do you need registration plates and insurance? And that sort of thing," He said.

    “So I’m proposing there should be a review of insurance and how you actually track cyclists who do break the laws [via identifiable markings].

    “I don’t want to stop people from getting on their bike, it’s a fantastic way to travel, we’ve seen a big explosion of cycling during Covid and since, I think it has lots of health benefits.

    Currently, the Highway Code and Road Traffic Act speeding limits only apply to motor vehicles and their drivers.

    According to Sky News, The Department for Transport refused to provide comment to the PA news agency on the subject.

    In January, a number of changes were introduced, giving cyclists a lot more priority when it comes down to the roads. Motorists have more responsibility over pedestrians and cyclists when it comes down to junctions.

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