Visibility of cyclist is priority

7th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 November 2007, THE HAGUE – Cyclists who have lights attached to their clothing or bag but are clearly visible will not be fined by police. A spokesperson for the Board of Police Commissioners said on Wednesday that the police will attach lower priority to issuing fines for these types of lights.

7 November 2007

THE HAGUE – Cyclists who have lights attached to their clothing or bag but are clearly visible will not be fined by police. A spokesperson for the Board of Police Commissioners said on Wednesday that the police will attach lower priority to issuing fines for these types of lights.

Last week the police commissioners issued a guideline aimed at a stricter approach. Lights attached to clothing or bags should no longer be accepted. Now it emerges that they will be tolerated, as long as the cyclist is as clearly visible as he would be with standard lights attached to the bicycle.

"If people have done their best to be visible, the police may advise them to put the right kind of lights on their bicycle, but they will not be fined," the spokesperson said.

The Board of Police Commissioners backed down on its guideline after it led to a great deal of commotion. The police departments were divided on the instruction, while Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst said it was more important that cyclists had some sort of lights rather than that they be fined for lights attached to clothing or bags.

Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings said on Tuesday that he would look into whether some leeway could be incorporated in the regulations. At that point the commissioners decided to review their guideline, the spokesperson said. Cycling with no lights whatsoever will be the priority for police issuing fines.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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