PAVEMENT CYCLISTS: Maybe apologies and refunds to be offered?

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I wonder how many of the local police on their anti-cyclist campaign are aware of this advice from the home office.

In 1999, new legislation came into force to allow a fixed penalty notice to be served on anyone who is guilty of cycling on a footway. However the Home Office issued guidance on how the new legislation should be applied, indicating that they should only be used where a cyclist is riding in a manner that may endanger others.

The then Home Office Minister Paul Boateng issued a letter stating that: “The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of traffic.

I would not be surprised if, having regard for the above advice, no tickets should have been issued the other day.

Maybe some apologies and refunds should be offered.

Bob Hellen

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