While Luxembourg’s future mobility strategy hopes to push cycling use, the discussion around sharing spaces between drivers and cyclists still causes tension. In an answer to a parliamentary question by Pirate Party deputy Sven Clement, internal security minister Henri Kox (déi Gréng) revealed that a total of 47 cyclists were stopped in the last six months for breaking the road code.
23 cyclists were fined €145 each for running a red light. They also lost 2 points on their driving license. In twelve instances, safety material such as lights, reflective parts or the bell didn’t comply with existing legislation, leading to €74 fines.
As it is the case when driving a car, people aren’t allowed to use a phone while cycling. Eight cyclists were caught in the act between December and May, Kox said, losing 2 points on their driving permit and €145 each time.
Four times, the police caught bike users ignoring a stop sign, pedestrians’ priority at a crossing, or a general prohibition to circulate. This resulted in a €145 fine and 2 points to be deducted for each infringement. Those who don’t have a driving license are only fined, unless they hold a foreign driving license. In this case, points are taken off their virtual Luxembourg driving license.