Charity backs car liability law for cyclists

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A CHARITY has become the latest organisation to back proposed strict liability laws that would see motorists held responsible for all collisions with cyclists.

Edinburgh-based The Bike Station, which collects and refurbishes old bicycles, is supporting the campaign launched by legal service Cycle Law ­Scotland.

Strict liability means the more powerful road user is liable by default in crashes involving vulnerable users unless it can be clearly proven the latter was at fault. Bike Station board member Ian Maxwell said: “Building a culture for cycling means instilling respect between all road users from the grass roots up and involves a combination of good ­training, good roads and the legal ­protection that strict liability brings.”