Cycling: equipment - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 02 May 2012 | Standard notes SN00621

Authors: Louise Butcher

Topic: Cycling

This note looks at the requirements for cyclists to have lights and bells on their bicycles.

With cycling increasing in popularity, particularly in urban areas, there has been renewed focus on making cycling safer for both cyclists themselves and for other road users, particularly pedestrians. One of the ways to do this is to ensure that those cycling at night have proper lights fitted and that cyclists fit and use bells to warn others of their presence.

Since November 1989 it has been illegal to use, cause or permit to be used on a road a bicycle not fitted with lamps, reflectors, rear markings and other devices specified in regulations. Since May 2004 it has been illegal to sell a bicycle without a bell being fitted to the vehicle; this may however be removed once purchased.

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