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Mobile phone ban for Dutch cyclists

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Published on September 29, 2018 with No Comments

The sight of cyclists hurtling along while glued to their smart phones is a common one in the bike-mad Netherlands, but it will soon be illegal. With a growing number of accidents involving phones and bikes, the government is to ban the use of all but hands-free devices while cycling. “It is forbidden to use a mobile electronic device while driving any vehicle including a bicycle,” says the draft law. The bike law will take effect from July next year.

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