in Switzerland that is. In an interesting posting which caught my attention, GenvaLunch blogs on the current requirement in Switzerland for all cyclists to have a licence. It seems that this includes children, school age children that is. From the blog it seems that the licence requirement is more about ensuring that cyclists have third party insurance than any sort of license in terms of knowing road rules or the like.
From the blog â€¦
for responsabilitÃ© civile (RC), or third party insurance, in case of an accident, for up to CHF2 million francs.
The cost of the licence is approximately AU$5.00 to $10.00 for the year.Â Given that cyclists can cause damage to other parties, to their vehicles etc maybe such a scheme is not unreasonable and really the cost for this sort of insurance does not seem that high and of course it provides financial protection to the cyclist.Â Would such a scheme also give us more credibility as legitimate road users? I wonder.
Personally I have third party insurance through my Bicycle Transport Alliance membership but if I didnâ€™t I donâ€™t think I would be opposed to this idea.