Cyclists, welcome, you have just become the latest target in the culture wars | Peter Walker

Political certainties are rare these days, but the zero chance that Grant Shapps’ ideas about mandatory insurance and registration plates for cyclists are ever enacted is about as close as you can get.

The transport secretary floated the idea of compulsory insurance for all bikes on the road and number plates for cyclists in an interview with the Daily Mail that made the front pagetoday: “How are you going to recognise the cyclist, do you need registration plates?” he asked. He then said the opposite in an interview with the Times: “I’m not attracted to the bureaucracy of registration plates. That would go too far.” His confused interventions would have been news to his junior ministers at the Department for Transport, too, whose longtime view has been that such schemes are…

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