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Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

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  • jane.
    MINISTERS are considering making motorists legally responsible for accidents involving cyclists or pedestrians, even if they are not at fault. Government
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 22, 2009
      MINISTERS are considering making motorists legally responsible for
      accidents involving cyclists or pedestrians, even if they are not at
      fault.
      Government advisers are pushing for changes in the civil law that
      will make the most powerful vehicle involved in a collision
      automatically liable for insurance and compensation purposes.
      The move, intended to encourage greater take-up of environmentally
      friendly modes of transport, is likely to anger some drivers, many of
      whom already perceive themselves to be the victims of moneyspinning
      speed cameras and overzealous traffic wardens.
      Many will argue that it is the risky behaviour of some cyclists —
      particularly those who jump red lights and ride the wrong way along
      one-way streets — that is to blame for a significant number of crashes.
      However, policy-makers believe radical action is required to get people
      out of cars and onto bicycles or to walk more. Only 1%-2% of journeys
      are at present made by bike.
      ...

      Full story at the link below:
      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6841326.ece





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