Thursday August 6, 2020

Ryan rules out making cycling helmets mandatory

Transport minister says benefits of such a law could be outweighed by negative impact on overall public health

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

12th July, 2020
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has ruled out mandatory helmets for cyclists. Picture: Rollingnews

Eamon Ryan has ruled out mandatory helmets for cyclists, due to fears that it would lead to a drop in cycling numbers.

Minister for Transport has said the benefits of any such legislation could be outweighed by its negative impact on overall public health.

“International evidence is that mandatory helmet legislation acts as a major disincentive to cycling such that the net impact of the legislation on public health is significantly negative,” he said....

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