Cycling: Safety:Written question - 67578

Asked on: 13 March 2017
Department for Transport
Cycling: Safety
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the Dutch Reach method of opening car doors on the safety of cyclists.
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 20 March 2017

The Department is aware of the Dutch Reach method of opening car doors. Leaving a vehicle and checking for oncoming cyclists, pedestrians and other traffic before opening the door is however already part of the DVSA's National Standards for driving. We therefore have no plans to mandate which arm a driver uses to open the door.

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