Jersey

Jersey introduces mandatory helmets for cyclists under 14

Children cycling
Image caption People failing to wear helmets could face a fine of up to £50

Cyclists in Jersey under the age of 14 will be forced to wear helmets, after a vote by politicians.

States members voted in favour of the law change brought by transport minister Deputy Kevin Lewis.

People failing to wear helmets could face a fine of up to £50, although Deputy Lewis said this was unlikely.

He said the legislation would be "sensibly enforced" so children failing to wear helmets could be dealt with by the parish hall or a warning.

Asked why he did not increase the minimum age to 16, as recommended by the environment scrutiny panel, Deputy Lewis said: "The limit was negotiated by my predecessor.

"It is my wish and desire that once young people get into the habit of wearing a cycle helmet for a number of years, they would wish not to take them off later on."

Previous attempts to make helmets compulsory for all cyclists have been rejected.

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