Cycling: Audio Equipment

Home Office written question – answered at on 11 October 2022.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to help enforce rule 66 of the Highway Code in relation to the wearing of headphones by cyclists; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Home Department

Rule 66 of the Highway Code applies to cyclists and states that “you should:

  • avoid any actions that could reduce your control of your cycle
  • be considerate of the needs of other road users when riding in groups. You can ride two abreast and it can be safer to do so, particularly in larger groups or when accompanying children or less experienced riders. Be aware of drivers behind you and allow them to overtake (for example, by moving into single file or stopping) when you feel it is safe to let them do so
  • not ride close behind another vehicle in case it stops suddenly
  • not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain
  • be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians, and horse riders (see Rule H1). Let them know you are there when necessary, for example, by calling out or ringing your bell if you have one. It is recommended that a bell be fitted”.

It is important that cyclists know that the rules of the Highway Code and road traffic law applies to them. Enforcement of road traffic laws, including cycling offences, is an operational matter for the Police in conjunction with their local policing plans.

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