Maybe this is sensible, maybe not, but fortunately that rule has not been rolled out to the rest of us.
Wouldn't it have been rather ironic to have to wear a high visibility vest on top of the smart black 'low-visibility' jacket that was issued last year? Strangely though, it is exactly the sort of thing that I could easily imagine happening.
On a 'partner site' a few years ago a rule was introduced to stipulate that all cyclists must wear cycle helmets. That is not required on the public roads in UK, and there are statistics from other countries that have implemented such a law to suggest that accidents might even increase. On that particular site there are also outdoor areas where it is mandatory to wear a hard hat.
I speculated to one of the directors that I might find it difficult to decide what to do if I had to cycle through a hard hat area.
It seems that that very argument had already been rehearsed for real.
Such is the fun of working for the government!