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Switzerland rejects child helmet law

The Swiss Government has decisively thrown out a proposal to make it mandatory for children to wear bicycle helmets.

As part of a debate over road law revisions, MPs in the National Council voted 136 to 46 against the requirement for kids aged 14 and under. There was opposition from the entire political spectrum, with calls that the requirement would be counterproductive and something that should rely on personal responsibility.

The proposal then went back to the Council of States, which had previously supported a law. This time, however, the strength of the opposition was noted. The wider package of new laws was approved without any requirement to make cycle helmets compulsory.

Tue 12 Jun 2012

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