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Bicycles: Hire Services

Department for Transport written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consult on changing the law around the ability of members of the public, councils and any other organisations (1) to remove, (2) to take, (3) to destroy, or (4) to otherwise dispose of, undocked bikes for hire which have been left on pavements.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Local authorities already have powers to deal with hire bicycles if they are causing an obstruction or nuisance, and are also able to introduce local byelaws as appropriate. The Government therefore has no immediate plans to introduce any new legislation, but will continue to monitor the impacts of bike hire schemes and to work with local authorities and scheme operators as appropriate on ways of addressing any problems that arise.

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