Minister for Transport Shane Ross has mentioned he has no plans “right now” to introduce laws requiring cyclists to insure their bicycles in order that they coated within the occasion of them being concerned in a collision.
Mr Ross mentioned whereas it will “theoretically” be potential to require insurance coverage be in place for bicycles, it will contain “various important further authorized and certainly cultural modifications”.
The Minister was referring to insurance coverage that will cowl damages on account of collisions brought on by cyclists. Mr Ross mentioned the transfer would necessitate licence plates to allow identification of bicycles, and presumably a licensing system with a view to establish riders versus house owners.
The Minister’s feedback have been made in correspondence launched to The Irish Instances underneath the Freedom of Data (FOI) Act. Mr Ross was responding to a member of the general public in Might who steered cyclists insure their bicycle after a colleague suffered accidents following a collision with a bike owner.
The member of the general public wrote: “However that there could also be a authorized treatment in tort for such pedestrians, the absence of an insurance coverage regime implies that the injured get together might discover themselves searching for damages from a bike owner who doesn’t have the reserves to fulfill the worth of the declare, and seen from the opposite perspective, a bike owner may discover themselves being pursued by the courts by aggrieved injured plaintiffs, with their private belongings together with the household residence at stake.”
Mr Ross famous there have been mechanisms already in place to cowl legal responsibility of cyclists “though they might certainly not show enough in all circumstances”.
“There are particular offences relevant to cyclists underneath street site visitors laws, together with biking with out affordable consideration,” he added. “Enforcement of street site visitors regulation is a matter for An Garda Síochána. ”
The Division of Transport mentioned it had nothing additional so as to add when contacted by The Irish Instances.
Dr Paul Corcoran, chairperson of Dublin Biking Marketing campaign, mentioned it will not be pushing for laws requiring cyclists to insure their bicycles and that collisions between pedestrians and cyclists are “fairly uncommon”.
“Sporting our bodies and enormous biking organisations like Biking Eire, with a view to register, a part of your registration payment goes in direction of your insurance coverage however they’re extra high-risk occasions,” he mentioned.
In January 2018 a pedestrian who sued a teenage bike owner over accidents suffered when he was knocked down by the boy’s bike on a footpath in Raheny, Dublin, conditionally settled his Excessive Court docket motion. Whereas particulars of the settlement between the perimeters weren’t disclosed, it’s understood it entails a monetary cost.
The courtroom heard the injured get together was 66 when the incident occurred and he suffered a hip fracture consequently.