HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 c854W
Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given to chief constables concerning enforcement of the legislation relating to the riding of cycles(a) on pavements and (b) without lights during the hours of darkness. [172157]

Caroline Flint

Chief officers of police are best placed to assess the level, nature and cause of cycling offences locally and decide the response.

Police officers will take action as appropriate against cyclists whom they see breaking road traffic laws in the ways described. Forces also sometimes undertake short intensive campaigns to deal with persistent cycling offenders.

We have, to help the police with enforcement, given Community Support Officers the power to issue £30 fixed penalty notices for cycling inconsiderately or irresponsibly on the pavement.