House of Lords debate sidesteps key pothole issues
Carlton Reid12 hours ago
In 1999, all bicycles sold in the UK had to be supplied with bells, but there was no compulsion for them to be fitted or used. Then, in 2011, the stipulation was dropped after a “red tape challenge”.
It would seem some peers might want to revisit this law change and force cyclists to fit bells to their bikes.
This was made apparent yesterday in a House of Lords debate, which was originally planned to concern potholes. However, a parliamentary question aimed at the Department for Transport (DfT) quickly morphed away from cyclists killed and injured by shoddy road maintenance into a discussion about the bicycle bell.
The debate was started by the train- and cycle-friendly Lord Berkeley who wanted the DfT to reveal the “assessment they have made of the funding they provide to Highways England and local authorities to ensure that roads are maintained in a safe condition”.