Sunday, 26. May 2013 - 04:05
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Number plates on bicycles in Austria could become compulsory in the near future in an attempt to make Vienna's roads safer.
Mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl said it was an 'interesting idea' but Christoph Chorherr from the Vienna Green Party labelled it 'not a useful measure'.
Häupl said: "It is an interesting idea but one we should not agree on too quickly.
"It is not only motorists who can be dangerous, but also some cyclists.
"Whether number plates on bikes would help combat this is not something which I would like to comment on at the moment. But I certainly think it is something which we should consider.
It is not clear whether compulsory number plates can be introduced in Vienna or whether the Road Traffic Act would have to be altered first.
The FPÖ have campaigned for cycle number plates for years but the SPÖ, ÖVP and the Greens have failed to agree to this up to now.
Christoph Chorherr from the Greens said: "We can talk about everything, but this really is not a useful measure.
He claims there are a whole heap of arguments against having number plates on cycles.
It would be a huge administrative burden to fit more than 1 million cycles in Vienna with number plates. With tighter budgets this just wouldn't be possible argues Chorherr.
Chorherr referred to the Swiss plans for number plates being dropped as it turned out the number plates were impossible to read from distance as they were too small.
Anton Mahdalik from the FPÖ said they number plates on the other hand would be a sensible measure in the fight against dangerous bicycle riders.
He argues 1 million number plates would not be necessary as it would not apply to children and one plate could be used on different bikes people own.
Roman Stiftner from the ÖVP is also very sceptical of the idea agreeing with the Greens he said: "Why should everyone have to carry extra costs and be punished because a few people don't know how to behave.
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