Injury compensation claims 'could favour cyclists'

Proposals have been made to make drivers legally liable in injury compensation claims involving cyclists even if they are not responsible, according to reports.

In an effort to encourage more people to take up greener travelling, a change to the law which makes the most powerful vehicle involved in an accident liable for injury compensation costs has been suggested by Cycling England.

Phillip Darnton, chief executive of Cycling England, called for four key policy changes to be made – including the restriction of speed limits on residential roads to 20mph, cycling to be taught to schoolchildren and cycling provision included in all planning applications.

However, Edmund King, president of the AA, disagreed, saying: "Many cyclists are motorists and many motorists are cyclists.

"Simple changes in the law that assume one party is in the wrong because of what they drive will not help harmony on the roads."ADNFCR-2070-ID-19379692-ADNFCR

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