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 Post subject: Licence-Plates for bikes
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 00:22 
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In the sub-forum 'Improving Road Safety' there is a thread
'road tests for cyclists' :
biker wrote:
All cycles used on the road should carry a number plate, be
subject to road tax, and have an MoT.

All cyclists on the road should have a test and a licence, and compulsory
liability insurance.

And yes, it's a mass of paperwork, and yes, it will cost (the cyclists)
money, but welcome to the world of REALLY being a road user ....

I have lost count of the number of accidents I've seen caused by cyclists
who then disappear ....


I frequently see the most appalling examples of 'Bad Cycling'. Mostly
the riders are lads in their late-teens, very often on bikes that are far too
small for them, without saddles and so on.

I always wonder how these have acquired those bikes, and sometimes I
think that the cyclist is making off on a machine he has only just stolen.

Bicycle-theft is prevelant here in London. Transport For London say
( http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press-centre/ ... p?prID=546 )
that in London during the year 2004 more than 80,000 bikes were
stolen.

In some districts the crime is so common that bike-ownership is almost
impossible. If you have one bike is stolen then probably the
replacement will also be be stolen, and within a few weeks.

Bicycles should carry Licence-Plates that can be read two or three yards
away. And the same registration number should also be stamped onto
the bike-frame.

It would discourage the more blatant thieves and the riff-raff who buy
stolen machines.

A Police Officer or Community Support Officer with reason to be
suspicious of a cyclist (if the bike was being driven furiously, without
lights or saddle etc.) could then, if they were able to stop the rider,
check out the licence and registration details.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 14:13 
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But of course all the proposed requirements for licensing of bicycles and their owners would be met in full by someone law-abiding like me, but not by the irresponsible people the legislation would be intended to deal with.

Same as cars and other vehicles.


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