TFL don't agree with Ken
By user12625760 on Aug 05, 2006
While Red Ken thinks that cycle registration is a good idea, according to this email from Transport for London they do not:
Dear Mr Gerhard
Registration Plates for Cyclists
Thank you for your email of 28 July 2006 regarding the Mayors comments on cycle registration. I have been asked to reply on his behalf.
We have seen initial assessments from Transport for London that show that a bike registration scheme would face a number of practical problems, and could discourage cycling, whereas the aim is to carry on increasing the numbers of cyclists.
Given that such a scheme would have to be at least partly self-financing the cost of registering cycles would also have to be passed onto cyclists, again discouraging cycling. A registration scheme could therefore only ever be seen as a difficult last resort. Therefore, this will not be happening in the near future.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
It must be irritating to have to deal with all these emails because of an ill thought out comment from the Mayor.
Geoff commented if RFID would solve the problem for registering cycles. I see lots of issues with that, privacy being one. But the need for a verifiable way of showing that an offence had been committed. On cars this is the photo and the registration plate. With bikes that would again bring in the need for a visible identifier. Then if the chip went with the bike each bike would need a registered owner who would have to know who was in charge of the bike at any time. That would kill child cycling in one go.