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Bicycles (Road Safety)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 4 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport if, in the interests of road safety, and in view of the improved supply position, he will now use his powers under the Road Traffic Acts of 1930 and 1934 to issue regulations requiring pedal cycles to be fitted with two efficient brakes and a bell.

Regulations to give effect to the recommendations of the Committee on Road Safety on this subject are under consideration.

Can my right hon. Friend give any indication as to how long that consideration is likely to take? Is he aware that in towns like Cambridge, where the number of cyclists in proportion to the population is very large, the defective brakes on pedal cycles are sometimes direct and frequently contributory causes of accidents? One recently was fatal.

No, I am afraid I cannot at the moment put any time to the examination of this problem.