/ health & Safety - school bans cycling to increase staff parking
Basically, a primary school in South Wales is removing it's bicycle shed (and dissuading pupils from riding into the school yard) in order to make way for more staff parking...
"Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils remains our utmost priority" commented the head.
Whereas I don't condone speaking on a mobile phone, I would guess that rule would only apply if they were riding on a road?
Great bit of hijacking - ignore the topic and make an irrelevant point about a stock photo !
1) There is no specific offence of using a mobile phone while riding a bike, unlike there is with a motor vehicle. The cyclist could be prosecuted for careless or inconsiderate riding. The police would have to satisfy the court that the accused was not riding with the degree of care to be expected of a reasonable and competent cyclist. The maximum fine is £1,000.
2) You can't be given penalty points for a traffic offence committed on a bike - all the offences which can attract points are specifically defined as involving use of a motor vehicle. However, you can be disqualified from driving if convicted of causing bodily harm by "wanton or furious" cycling, or racing, or by wilful misconduct or wilful neglect on a bicycle. (In fact, the courts have a general power to disqualify from driving anyone convicted of any offence, whether or not it involves a motor vehicle, although they do need a “sufficient reason” for the disqualification.)
You can get points simply for "going equipped to steal a motor vehicle", and it is perfectly possible to be apprehended for this offence while cycling. Equally, though, you could be walking, riding a horse, on a bus, a skateboard or a pogo stick - your mode of "going" is irrelevant so it's not really an exception to the above general rule.
Why not just be straight and say they haven't room for a bike shed and need it for staff parking?
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