ERG calls for traffic law to be updated ‘sooner rather than later’
‘It is not our intention, however, to question the merits or demerits of the new cycling lane scheme as has recently been introduced, and fully appreciate that the Minister aims to guide the community towards lower dependence on motor vehicles. One thing is clear, though, and that is that our pavements and pedestrianised areas need to be better regulated for the safety of all users.
‘At a time when UK Ministers are considering the introduction of an offence of causing death by dangerous driving applicable to cyclists as a result of the sad death of an innocent pedestrian in this manner, the relevant sections of our Traffic Act now cry out for upgrading given the new proximity of cyclists to pedestrians on our roads, We must be conscious that people of all ages, and of all physical and other abilities freely circulate on our streets, and it is pertinent we build a recognised and adequate legal framework of rights and responsibilities in the face of potential harm or hazard both in terms of legislation and practical enforcement by the Royal Gibraltar Police. These considerations cannot be left loose, vague or random any longer.
‘At this early stage, therefore, ERG has limited itself to requesting clear assurances from Minister Balban that he will order a review of the relevant legislation with minimal delay in order to rectify the present deficits in this regard, and before we ever get to a situation of having to report on harm or injury to anyone, but especially to vulnerable members of our community. We have asked the Minister to commit to such a review sooner rather than later, and we will be monitoring developments,’ the statement points out in closing