‘They should pay for upkeep’: Concern over calls for cyclists to pay extra ‘form of tax’

Lincolnshire: Cyclist clashes with motorist over Highway Code

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Previously, some people have called on cyclists to pay an additional tax charge based on their usage of roads. Whilst some have called for them to pay “road tax”, a formal road tax has not existed since 1937 when it was abolished.

It was replaced with the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and is based on the amount of carbon emissions the vehicle gives off.

Naturally, pedestrians, bicycles and electric cars don’t release any exhaust emissions and thus don’t need to pay for the VED.

One commenter on Express.co.uk asked: “Why do cyclists pass no test, pay no insurance, have no form of identification, yet also benefit off my tax and hop between road and path depending on traffic lights?

“As a motorcyclist, I pay tax as well as insurance, have to pass my licence as well as display a vehicle ID plate (reg plate).

“I don’t want them to pay tax, I don’t want them to pass a test, I want them to abide by the same laws as me and have an identifier for if they break the laws as well as insurance as I’ve had numerous bikes pull from path in front of me at crossings.

“Also as a side note, having a vehicle identifier like a reg plate might reduce theft a little bit.”

A further comment said: “What annoys me is when car drivers think everyone should get out of the way for them and the way they park blocking pavements and forcing pedestrians to walk on the carriageway!”

Many were frustrated with the upcoming changes to the Highway Code and what it could mean for drivers in the future.


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A third commenter suggested having a national database of cyclists to ensure everyone was obeying the laws.

They said: “Use the road… pay for its upkeep.

“Want cycle lanes to use so you can be safer on your miserable wet journey to work… provide funds to support them. 

“£1 a week per bike… Registration nationally on the DVLA on an annual basis, safety checks on condition the same as the MOT, and more awareness training for the users who flout the laws…”

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