House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is still an offence in Northern Ireland to ride a bicycle on a footpath, to go through traffic lights at red on a bicycle or to have no lights of any kind on a bicycle after dark.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

I can confirm that each of these actions is a criminal offence under road traffic legislation.

Riding on the footpath is an offence under Article 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997; riding through a red light is caught by Article 50 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995; and the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 require bicycles to be lit after dark.

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