Road Traffic Regulations

It was widely reported yesterday that cycles are to face fixed penalty notices for doing things like breaking red lights and cycling on the pavement.

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Two offences in one!

Personally I have no problem in the enforcement of the rules, but perhaps the Garda should also turn their attention to these other traffic offences:

  • Dangerous overtaking – a driver shall not overtake, or attempt to overtake, if to do so would endanger, or cause inconvenience to, any other person
  • Driving on the pavement – a vehicle shall not be driven along or across a footway
  • Driving in cycle lanes – a mechanically propelled vehicle, other than a mechanically propelled wheelchair, shall not be driven along or across a cycle track
  • Entering box junctions –  a driver of a vehicle shall not enter, either partly or wholly, the crosshatched area unless the vehicle can clear the area without stopping
  • Driving in bus lanes – a person shall not enter a bus lane with a vehicle other than an omnibus or a pedal cycle during the period of operation
  • Parking on the pavement – a vehicle shall not be parked on a footway, a grass margin or a median strip
  • Parking near a junction – a vehicle shall not be parked within 5 metres of a road junction
  • Parking in a bus lane – a person shall not park a vehicle in a bus lane during the period of operation of the bus lane

I don’t know about you, but I see cars and vans disobeying these rules all the time. That doesn’t excuse cyclists and give them a mandate to misbehave, but maybe we should apply all the rules equally and not demonise one group of road users.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

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