Roads: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 7 December 2016.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered making mandatory the wearing by under-19 year olds of high-visibility clothing while cycling or walking on the roads network after dark; and if so, with what result.

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

The safety of vulnerable road users is a priority and we recommend that pedestrians and cyclists wear clothing that makes them sufficiently visible to other road users, especially in poor light and at night. However, wearing high visibility clothing is a matter of individual choice. Imposing additional regulations could lead to people choosing not to walk or cycle and would be difficult to enforce.

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Andrew Avis
Posted on 8 Dec 2016 5:32 pm (Report this annotation)

I wonder why Lord Laird thinks that under 19's should be particularly singled out for the wearing of High Visability clothing. These days the under 19's are rarely allowed out for fear that they may be knocked over by a cars and lorries or abducted by a sex crazed celebrity.

Chris Beazer
Posted on 9 Dec 2016 2:28 pm (Report this annotation)

Yes - after all we've got to make sure that drivers who need to have a sight test aren't inconvenienced by vulnerable road users. Another example of victim blaming by the establishment.