Make cycle safety part of new driving test, campaigners urge
Sarah Barth August 27 2016
Learner drivers should be observed interacting with bicycles as part of their driving test, a group of campaigning organisations has said.
The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS), British Cycling, Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, and the London Cycling Campaign have submitted a joint response to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on proposed changes to the driving test.
David Dansky, Director of TABS said: “As local and national Government do more to encourage cycling for all the benefits this brings to individuals and society, testing drivers interacting with people cycling, will ensure that they drive in a manner that minimises risk to those people and helps them feel safe, thereby encouraging more people to cycle.”
The organisations suggest a driver is tested overtaking someone on a cycle in a manner that ensures the person cycling is given enough room. In some circumstances the drivers should be observed not overtaking where overtaking would be risky, unnecessary or illegal.
The consortium call on the DVSA to recognise that cycling is increasing in the UK; drivers are more likely than ever to encounter people on cycles while driving.