Northern Ireland backs helmet law.
February 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly have backed by two votes a private member’s bill that is seeking to make it compulsory to wear bike helmets in the province. Although the bill does need to go through further stages of the legislative process, the result of the vote means that it has negotiated a sigificant obstacle.
The private member’s bill had been tabled by Pat Ramsey of the SDLP, who is seeking to make helmets compulsory with a £50 fine for any cyclist caught not wearing one.
The proposed legislation has attracted criticism from representatives of national cyclists’ organisation CTC and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, who warned that making it compulsory to wear a helmet while out riding could lead to a fall in the number of people cycling.