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Parliament support for Northern Ireland cycle helmet law

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In mid December, we brought you news about the introduction of legislation in Northern Ireland’s parliament that would make helmets for cyclists in the country compulsory if voted through.

Since then, there has been a vote in parliament on the proposed legislation, the Cyclists (Protective Headgear) Bill.  The vote, which is at the second stage of the bill. was passed by a margin of two votes and the legislation will now proceed to a committee hearing before a final vote takes place on whether it becomes law.

£50 fine

Under the proposals of the bill, which is a private members bill put forward by Pat Ramsey MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly), those caught riding without a helmet will face a fixed penalty charge of £50.

However, first-time offenders can be excused if they produce a suitable helmet and a purchase receipt within seven days at a police station along with their penalty notice. An appeals process will also be available where fixed penalty notices can be challenged.

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