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V1098 - Cycling Helmet Act 2017 (Second Reading) Watch

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    Cycling Helmet Act 2017 (Second Reading), TSR Government






    CYCLING HELMET BILL 2017
    An Act to give local councils the ability to set more stringent regulations on road safety where appropriate.




    BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1: DEFINITIONS
    (1) "fixed penalty notice" is as defined by Section 144C of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
    (2) "classified unnumbered roads" and "unclassified roads" are as defined by the Highways Agency.

    2: EMPOWERMENT OF LOCAL COUNCILS
    (1) Section 24 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 shall be renamed: Restriction of carriage of persons on bicycles and miscellaneous provisions
    (2) The following shall be added to Section 24 of the Road Traffic Act 1988:
    • (4) Local councils shall have the power to implement regulations such that all those cycling on road types not specifically exempted by Section 3 of the Cycling Helmet Act 2017 must wear bicycle helmets whilst in transit.
      (5) The Secretary of State with responsibility for Transport may make regulations prescribing (by reference to shape, construction or any other quality) types of helmet recommended as affording protection to persons riding bicycles from injury in the event of accident.
      (6) Where such regulations are implemented it shall be an offence to breach them.


    3: EXEMPTIONS
    Classified unnumbered roads and unclassified roads are exempt from this Act.

    4: PENALTIES
    (1) If a person aged 14 or over is found guilty of committing an offence under Section 2 of this Act, they shall receive a fixed penalty notice of £60.
    (2) If a person under 14 is found guilty of breaking this law, their parents, guardian or carer shall receive a fixed penalty notice of £60 after receiving an initial warning.

    5: EXTENT, COMMENCEMENT AND SHORT TITLE
    (1) This Act extends to the United Kingdom.
    (2) The provisions of this Act come into force on 1st April 2017 for Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield and Bradford and on 1st October 2017 for the rest of the United Kingdom.
    (3) This Act may be cited as the Cycling Helmet Act 2017.


    Notes
    If local councils decided to make cyclists wear helmets when cycling on busy roads, 74% of cycling-related head injuries could be prevented. Under this piece of legislation, cyclists will still have a choice of whether they wear a helmet or not when they are on most roads and in the countryside as the risk of serious injury is dramatically reduced here. However, on busy roads, cyclists can be very vulnerable indeed. Cycle helmets can be purchased very cheaply so cyclists will not have to be concerned about the cost involved. However, in some areas of the country, accidents involving bicycles are very common indeed, hence why local councils will decide whether to force people to wear helmets in their respective area, and not the Government. Wearing a helmet on a busy road causes little inconvenience to the cyclist but could have the potential to save their life if they are involved in an accident; the positives simply outweigh the negatives. It should also be noted that this doesn't involve applying a universal regulation, it simply gives local councils (especially the ones with the worst record on cycle safety) an option.

    Classified Unnumbered Road – third class of classified road, and a tier in the roads classification system. Identified by the local highway authority and approved by the Secretary of State. No number is officially associated with a classified unnumbered road, although the local highway authority is entitled to develop its own methods to identify it.
    Unclassified Road – fourth and lowest class of classified road in the classification system. If not stated otherwise, roads are assumed to be unclassified. No number is officially associated with an unclassified road, although the local highway authority is entitled to develop its own methods to identify it.

    - Department for Transport (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/315783/road-classification-guidance.pdf)
    - Road Traffic Act 1998 (www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/52/section/24)


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    • 'Residential roads' changed to be less ambitious by using current road classifications.
    • Mechanism for approving which kinds of helmets are appropriate has been introduced by emulating the legislative situation that exists for motorcycle helmets.
    • Clarity as to how the fine works introduced by rewording.
    • Notes amended slightly and section giving more detailed definitions of road types added.

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    • First definition made more precise.
    • Minor spelling and capitalization corrections.
    • Fixed penalty 'fine' changed to 'notice' across the bill.
    • Bold text added to Notes and minor wording changes made.







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    I'd rather ban cycling on roads in cities but whatever makes their lives more miserable works too.
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    Aye.
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    adam9317 Mr Speaker, this is the old version of this bill. I tagged you into the post which included the one that had been amended for Division.
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    No, all the evidence points to this meaning more lost years with fewer people cycling and those who do being more likely to be killed, which isn't all bad, but I don't think is the purpose of this bill.
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    (Original post by RayApparently)
    adam9317 Mr Speaker, this is the old version of this bill. I tagged you into the post which included the one that had been amended for Division.
    Sorry Ray, I will correct this here now and inform everyone in the update of this amendment!
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    Sorry Ray, I will correct this here now and inform everyone in the update of this amendment!
    Thanks. Fortunately, the changes are too minor to really affect anyone's vote.
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    Nay.

    Regulation is a matter for central rather than local government.
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    With the houses consistent support for the death of citizens I hope I can expect majority support for capital punishment to aid in this endeavour.
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    Solid support here.

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    Regulation is a matter for central rather than local government.
    And yet that was written as a concession for those who'd prefer no regulation at all.
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    (Original post by RayApparently)
    Solid support here.



    And yet that was written as a concession for those who'd prefer no regulation at all.
    The regulations shouldn't be there because they have not been adequately justified, with even the evidence being presented to support the regulation actually showing it to have the opposite effect. No regulations should be implemented on a whim, they should all have sound justification, or are we turning into the French?

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