HC Deb 05 December 1989 vol 163 cc183-4W
Mr. Wareing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to remove the potential danger to road users of the use by cyclists of personal stereos; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Atkins

There is no clear evidence that personal stereos are causing accidents. However, all road users— and vulnerable ones in particular—should make sure that they are able to concentrate fully on driving or riding. They should avoid unnecessary sources of distraction. The highway code for young road users, produced by the County Road Safety Officers Association and sponsored by General Accident, advises cyclists not to wear a personal stereo and we are considering adding similar advice to the highway code.