Cycling: Road Traffic Offences

Home Office written question – answered at on 7 June 2016.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that the identity and addresses given by cyclists being issued with fixed penalty notices are not false.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Parliamentary Under-Secretary

The Police have powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Road Traffic Act 1988 to request an individual's identity where the person is suspected of committing an offence. The application of any such powers is an operational matter for the police.

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Roger Geffen
Posted on 9 Jun 2016 12:20 pm (Report this annotation)

I reckon the answer to Lord Tebbit's question could also have been:

"The same way that the police verify the identity and address of any other person suspected of a non-motoring offence for which they wish to issue a fixed penalty notice (e.g. for antisocial behaviour, disorder, environmental crime, truancy or noise)."

Roger Geffen
Posted on 9 Jun 2016 12:24 pm (Report this annotation)

To ask Lord Tebbit:
"What evidence does he have that cycle users are any more likely than other suspects to give false names or addresses when issued with fixed penalty notices for non-motoring offences?"