Clause 22 - Breach of requirements as to control of vehicle, mobile telephones etc.

Part of Road Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 27th January 2005.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 11:00 am, 27th January 2005

I am grateful to the Minister for her response. Unfortunately, it is not consistent with what she said on 21 December. She said:

''I would argue that using a mobile phone while cycling demonstrates that the cyclist is not cycling safely.''—[Official Report, 21 December 2004; Vol. , c. 2048.]

She did not say that there was no evidence that there were unsafe consequences resulting from that behaviour. She seemed to accept that there were cyclists cycling while using mobile phones.