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Northern Ireland helmet bill abandoned

Proposals for a cycle helmet law in Northern Ireland are not being revived.

A private member's bill to introduce a helmet law for all cyclists in the province went to committee stage earlier this year. The bill was unlikely to have become law before the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in May and would then need to have been reintroduced, but a committee hearing into evidence nevertheless took place.

Assembly members on the committee said that not only were they surprised by the breadth of opposition to a law coming from doctors and health professionals as well as cyclists but they were also taken aback by the weakness of the arguments that they heard in support of one.

The main political parties subsequently decided not to support a helmet law and the bill has not been reintroduced.

Mon 1 Aug 2011