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Complainant Name:
William Nel-Barker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


William Nel-Barker complained that the article's statement that "Brussels was proposing to make motorists responsible for all accidents involving cyclists" was inaccurate. He was also concerned that he had not been given the opportunity to point out this mistake.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter, both in The Mail on Sunday letters page and attached to the online article:

Petronella Wyatt claims there is a proposal to make motorists responsible for all accidents involving cyclists, regardless of who is actually in the wrong. This is factually inaccurate and creates animosity towards cyclists. The proposed Strict Liability legislation will always allow a driver the chance to prove a cyclist's guilt. Equally a cyclist who hits a pedestrian would be presumed guilty but will have the chance to prove otherwise.

William Nel-Barker

Date Published: 22/03/2010

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