TIME TO LI­CENCE CYCLISTS

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

AF­TER see­ing a cy­clist mum pack her child into a trailer with­out a hel­met or har­ness and take off through the traf­fic I shook my head and won­dered what value they placed on their child's safety?

Sure it had two re­flec­tors at the rear def­i­nitely bet­ter for night rides and the child had good vi­sion front and rear to see the bumper bars go­ing by.

I won­dered if these con­sti­tuted a road ve­hi­cle and if the oc­cu­pants were cov­ered by third party in­sur­ance. As the height of these com­pared to the mod­ern larger wheel sizes of to­day, a four-wheeldrive or truck would drive straight over them barely feel­ing the bump .

At some point, the Western Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment will have to face the fact that cyclists and their equip­ment will have to be li­censed and charged a fair price for both in­sur­ing and polic­ing them.

To po­lice them, as well as a soft li­cence plate, I feel ev­ery rider should be re­quired to have a chip in­serted so they can be mon­i­tored by scan­ning meth­ods.

My fi­nal com­ment is I would like to see the same mum or dad taken for a ride around the block mak­ing sure it was a busy road in one of these char­i­ots. JU­LIAN E STANWIX Como

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