Ban cyclists from roads, recommends Indian parliamentary committee

Carlton Reid
Ban cyclists from roads, recommends Indian parliamentary committee

A motor-centric parliamentary committee in India has recommended that "pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles be restricted from using main roads and highways in metro cities." This would remove cyclists from roads.

The committee studying the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016 adds that "nonmotorised vehicles do not follow road rules and create a lot of nuisance."

Reporting on the proposal, the Mumbai Times remarked: "While the developed world is trying to encourage eco-friendly modes of transportation, it seems India is taking a step backwards."

India's Sustainable Urban Mobility Network has called the recommendation “anti-people, anti-poor and highly discriminatory,” and the coaltion of eco organisations has registered an objection with India's minister of road transport and highways.

Para 183 of the committee's recommendation says that cyclists and pedestrians are a "traffic hazard".

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