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LONDON, UK (April 28) – Attempts by Cumbria MP Eric Martlew to make helmets compulsory for young cyclists have suffered a major setback. The second reading of the Carlisle Labour MP’s private member’s bill was held April 23 but debate on it was stopped by a procedural device. Less than the required 40 MPs took […]

LONDON, UK (April 28) – Attempts by Cumbria MP Eric Martlew to make helmets compulsory for young cyclists have suffered a major setback. The second reading of the Carlisle Labour MP’s private member’s bill was held April 23 but debate on it was stopped by a procedural device. Less than the required 40 MPs took part in a vote called by Tory MP Eric Forth for the House to sit in private, forcing the Commons to move on. It will have to wait for another slot and so has less chance of becoming law.
The Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill would have seen parents fined if they failed to make sure under 16’s were wearing head protection. The campaign had won backing from Formula One star David Coulthard.
Mr Martlew told the Commons the equivalent of one primary school class was killed and an entire secondary school seriously injured in accidents every year. However, the bill is opposed by a number of cycling groups including CTC, the national cyclists’ organisation, who claim making helmets compulsory could lead to reduced cycle use and would undermine the health benefits of the sport. (MH) Source: BBC

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