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LONDON, UK (November 30) – Bicycles left chained to lampposts and railings are to be cut off and impounded under new laws proposed by Ken Livingstone, the London Mayor. Local authorities will have the power to seize any cycles they deem to be a ‘nuisance’ even if they are not causing an obstruction. Livingstone’s proposal […]

LONDON, UK (November 30) – Bicycles left chained to lampposts and railings are to be cut off and impounded under new laws proposed by Ken Livingstone, the London Mayor.
Local authorities will have the power to seize any cycles they deem to be a ‘nuisance’ even if they are not causing an obstruction. Livingstone’s proposal is contained in the Local Authorities Bill being promoted jointly by Transport for London and the Association of London Government. Some authorities are expected to use the powers to remove any bikes not attached to official bike stands. The Bill states that councils will have the power to “remove, if necessary by damaging it, any device used to attach the cycle or trailer to anything”.
Ken Livingstone has rejected an appeal against the measure from Jenny Jones, his ‘cycling ambassador’ whom he appointed only a few weeks ago. (MH)

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