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November 22, 2018

UK proposes cheaper insurance to drivers passing bikeability training

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has proposed that drivers and motorists should be offered with cheaper car insurance if they pass cycle training.

The move is aimed at protecting vulnerable cyclists and road users.

Under the two-year action plan, the government will explore the possibility of insurers providing discounts to drivers or motorbike riders who pass the national cycle training system, known as Bikeability.

According to DfT proposals, courier companies will be encouraged to incentivise drivers with cheaper car insurance if they take training in road safety connected to cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.

The DfT will appoint a new cycling and walking champion to ensure new policies meet the needs of road users across the UK.

Additionally, the government will also organise a new 2019 Bikeability Summit to support businesses for promoting cycling and walking schemes to their employees.

Commenting on the new proposal, Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse 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.”

These are among 50 proposed new measures being considered by the government’s plan to deal with road rage, encourage greater mutual respect between road users and protect the most vulnerable.

Other measures includes giving more powers to councils to tackle dangerous parking in cycle lanes, and encourage local authorities to spend almost 15% of their transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling.

The action plan builds upon the feedback of over 14,000 people, including organisations such as Brake, Living Streets, Cycling UK and the British Horse Society.

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