A Conservative MP has claimed that the DfT has ‘buried’ research that proves that wearing cycle helmets would save the life of up to one in seven cyclists involved in a fatal accident.
A report on road.cc says that Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, has called on the DfT to publicise the research which it commissioned last year from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).
Mr Bone, who advocates compulsory helmet wearing for cyclists under the age of 14, said: “I am disgusted with the Government’s attitude on this. If somebody said 16% of people who died in road accidents could be saved, you would bite their hand off.
“But there has been no press conference, no press release. I believe individuals can make up their own minds whether they want to kill themselves. Youngsters can’t, however, and we have to do it for them.”
In reply, a DfT spokeswoman said: “We encourage cyclists, especially children, to wear helmets when cycling.
“However, taking into account the practicalities of enforcing such an offence as well as the possible impact on levels of cycling and the potential loss of wider health benefits, we are not persuaded that making helmets mandatory is the right option.”
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