Alex Bowden February 17 2017
Cyclist and policeman (CC licensed image by stumayhew:Flickr)
Hampshire Police has apologised for a leaflet sent out by one of its neighbourhood policing teams which featured an inaccurate list of ‘endorsable’ cycling offences. One of the ‘offences’ listed was “Cycle helmets used correctly”.
Failing to wear a cycle helmet is not an offence – and using one correctly most certainly isn’t.
Other supposed offences associated with a ‘minimum’ £50 fine included ‘No cycle lights fitted’ and ‘Cycle lights not illuminated’ – there is no requirement for lights to be fitted during the day; and also ‘Cycle carrying more than one person’ – which would be bad news to those on tandems.
In a statement, Hampshire Police said:
“We would like to apologise for any confusion caused by incorrect information contained in a leaflet handed out by a school in Totton.
“We have looked into this and it would appear that a final version was issued without final approval by Hampshire Constabulary.”