Friday 9 December 2016

Penalty system for reckless cyclists needs to go much further

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe will be overseeing the introduction of a Fixed Charge Notice fines system for cyclists
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe will be overseeing the introduction of a Fixed Charge Notice fines system for cyclists

Cycling on footpaths has reached epidemic levels and Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe is making a big mistake not including it as a penalty in the soon to be introduced Fixed Charge Notice fines system for cyclists.

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Mr Donohoe's assertion that it might discourage children from cycling to school is not a sufficient excuse for excluding this most dangerous of cycling practices from the new system, which will see cyclists face fines of €40 for a range of 36 different offences.

Gardaí surely have sufficient enough discretion and cop-on not to fine young children who cycle on the path - but every other cyclist should face the full rigours of the new system, because cycling on the footpath is downright dangerous, aggressive and intimidating not only to old people, but to anybody walking along the footpaths or coming out of shops or houses.

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