Motorists may soon be able to slash the price of their insurance premiums by taking courses to make them more aware of cyclists on the roads.

The proposals have been announced by the government, alongside 50 other measures that aim to reduce the number of cyclists and pedestrians injured on British roads and improve road safety as a whole.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will look into the option of insurance companies offering discounts on premiums to those who pass the national cycling training scheme, Bikeability. The test will aim to make motorists more aware of cyclists by putting them in their position on the roads.

The DfT is also looking to work with courier firms to help incentivise cycling training courses for professional drivers.

Other plans announced by cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman include a scheme which makes it easier for drivers to submit footage to the police of dangerous driving in a bid to cut down on the number of road rage incidents. This builds on a successful operation in 2016 by North Wales Police, which allowed the public to submit dashcam footage of dangerous drivers to them.

Norman said: “Greater road safety— and especially the protection of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders – is essential.

“We want to improve air quality, encourage healthy exercise, reduce obesity and boost our high streets and economic productivity. That means more support for cycling and walking, and that’s why these new measures are designed to deliver.”

A new role is also being created to promote the activities of cyclists – a cycling and walking champion. Further DfT proposals include tackling the problem of drivers’ parking in cycle lanes and encourage local authorities to spend more money in this area.

In 2017, 100 cyclists and 470 pedestrians were killed on UK roads – five per cent more than in 2016.

Ted Welford


November 22, 2018