Reading cyclists fined £30 for riding with no lightsGood.
Cyclists caught riding without lights in the dark have been fined as part of a police clampdown.
Thirty people were stopped outside Reading Station as part of a new safer riding initiative, which has been rolled out across the Thames Valley.Excellent.
Those caught between 1800 and 2100 GMT on Tuesday were given £30 fixed penalty notices for travelling without lights.At last! Cyclists expected to follow the normal rules of the road like the rest of us. Whatever next? Fined for running red lights? Riding on the pavement? Treating one-way streets as if they were their own driveway? I'm all in favour. Oh, hang on ...
If riders show police a receipt showing a set of lights has been bought within seven days, the fine will be cancelled.So, if I am stopped and given a fixed penalty for (say) riding with a bald rear tyre, I will be offered the chance to turn up at the cop shop a week later with a receipt for a new one, and they will forget all about it?
Nope. You see, we're not special like cyclists.