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Fines for UK Cycling Offences

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 30 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
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As with any road users there are legal consequences for cyclists who disregard the laws of the road. Fines for UK cycling offences such as dangerous cycling can bring fines of up to £2500.

Can Cyclists Receive Penalty Points?

Riding a bike does not require a licence and penalty points do not apply. But there are still legal consequences for cyclists who break the road traffic laws. The police can still give Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for cycling offences. In most cases there will be fines applied to cyclists who break the law and endanger other road users. These fines are not insignificant and can be as high as £2500 depending on the severity of the traffic offence.

Can Cyclists be Fined for Cycling when Drunk?

It is an offence to use a bicycle whilst under the Influence of Drink or Drugs. As with motorists, this is considered a very serious offence in the eyes of the law. Cycling under the influence can be classed as dangerous cycling. Committing this offence can come with a fine of up to £2500. The size of the fine or the sentence applied will depend on factors such as causing a road traffic accident when cycling under the influence.

What is Dangerous Cycling?

Anyone who cycles in a way that would cause injury to others or in a manner that would cause road traffic accidents can be committing a dangerous cycling offence. If damage occurs to another’s property due to dangerous cycling this can also be classed under this offence. Dangerous cycling is also cycling in a manner that would be considered dangerous when compared to careful and proficient cyclists. This is a serious offence that can bring fines of up to £2,500.

Is Careless Cycling the Same as Dangerous Cycling?

Careless cycling is a less serious offence than dangerous cycling but can still result in fines of up to £1000. Careless cycling is an offence whereby the cyclist shows undue care and attention to other road users. The size of the fine will come under the court’s discretion and will depend on other factors such as road accidents caused by the cyclist.

Can I Be Fined For Cycling on the Pavement?

It is against the law to cycle on pavements used by pedestrians. Cyclists who are found breaking this law can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice, which comes with a £30 fine. Cyclists may be simply be given a warning for cycling on the pavement although this offence can come with fines of up to £500. The Fixed Penalty Notice can be given by the Police and Community Support Officers. There are guidelines set out that fines will usually only be given if cyclists are endangering others

Can My Child Be Fined for Cycling on the Pavement?

The cycling on the pavement law does apply to all but there are guidelines where children are concerned. Children up to the age of 16 will not be prosecuted for committing this offence. Young children especially should be permitted to cycle on the pavement as cycling on the road may be a dangerous alternative. Older children may be given warnings by the police but discretion should be used with younger children cycling on the pavement.

What Other Cycling Offences Can Be Committed?

There are a number of cycling offences that can end up with prosecution. Disregarding the rules of the road such as Not Stopping at a Red Light can bring a £30 Fixed Penalty Fine. Carrying a passenger on a bike that is suitable only for one passenger can also be considered an offence. Cyclists who race with others in the street can cause accidents to other road users and this can be classed as an offence.

Is Using a Mobile Phone While Cycling an Offence?

It is not against the law for cyclists to use a mobile phone as this rule only applies to motorised vehicles. But using a mobile phone when cycling could lead to careless or dangerous cycling. Cyclists can be stopped by the police if they consider this type of offence is being committed due to the use of a mobile phone. A list of the legal requirements for cyclists can be found in the UK Highway Code.

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You mention guidelines. Can you tell me where I might read them? I have searched the Web but cannot find anything.
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