A transport commentator says forcing cyclists to pay for insurance and fit number plates on their bikes is a ‘terrible idea’.

It comes as Italy is gearing up to introduce the controversial plans as part of a major shake-up.

It is part of an Italian Government bill to toughen road safety, which will also include lifetime driving bans for car drivers found using drugs behind the wheel.

Italy’s Transport Minister says the new measures will also apply to e-scooters.

The new proposed laws would also see lifetime bans for those caught driving cars under the influence of drugs.