Tory and UKIP councillors say cyclists should also be forced to wear a helmet and pass a national cycling test, as well as carry third party insurance

A pair of Cambridgeshire councillors are calling for cyclists to be registered and insured, while also suggesting they should ‘help themselves’ by wearing helmets.

Tory councillor William Hunt, who, according to the Cambridge News, had to ask if it was illegal to ride without a helmet, called on cyclists to contribute to their own safety.

UKIP’s Gordon Hillick also told the highways and community infrastructure committee that cyclists should have to pass a national proficiency test and carry insurance.

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Haddenham’s Cllr Hunt said: “I think cyclists could contribute a bit to their safety and I think we should see if we can bring in some sort of local legislation to make it illegal to ride a bicycle without a helmet, and make it illegal to ride with one of those ridiculous flimsy tent things for their children.

“It seems unreasonable for us as a nanny state to make everything great and spend lots of money when the people themselves aren’t regulated and aren’t helping themselves with a crash helmet.”

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Waldersey’s Cllr Gillick added: “[Cyclists] are now having large amounts of money from the taxpayer poured onto them and there should be legislation for them to adhere to.

“They should be registered, they should go through a national cycling test and they should carry third-party insurance.”

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Other members told the meeting that legislation making helmets mandatory would in fact have a negative impact on numbers of people cycling in the city, citing figures from cities around the world where such laws have been introduced.

  • UKRegulator

    It is scary that such morons have been elected to represent somewhere like Cambridge.

  • NitroFan

    Enjoy your cycling!

  • James Hartridge

    I agree sometimes “generalisations” are justified. I have dealt with 2 on regular occasions, and both always wanted “something” in return (other than my vote).
    I too could cycle in Cambridgeshire as a BC member!

  • NitroFan

    Having worked very closely with two or three of these insects each of whom exhibited the self same tendency towards self enrichment, I have to say I am extremely comfortable with the evidence of my own experiences.

  • Craig Howells

    Political party’s talk about cutting pollution in our towns and city’s and a great way was encouraging the public to ride now they are trying to find ways to flease us just encase everyone decides to ditch the car and public transport and ride a bike

  • ert

    A bit of a generalisation, no? Some politicians may be focused primarily on their own interests, just as some non-politicians are. That doesn’t mean they all are.

  • NitroFan

    I passed my cycling proficiency test some 45 years ago and as a proud member of British Cycling I automatically carry third party insurance & I wear a helmet by choice so I guess I will be allowed to ride in Cambridgeshire!

    Unless of course they mean take a new test at a new company run by one of this blokes mates at extra cost and I have to be insured by an insurance company controlled by someone who just happens to be a mate of the decision maker in Cambridgeshire! Politicians NEVER make such suggestions unless there is something it it for them or their cronies I know I have worked with some of the slime!

  • James Hartridge

    Its always good to spark a debate, even if the result of the debate will be no difference to the current rules.
    These politicians think they mean well, but are just spit balling to gain attention so they don’t lose their cash cow of a job at the next election.

  • TG

    Thanks guys for helping me with my decision on who not to vote for at the General Election.