Not all cyclists own cars

My other car is a bicycle

I’ve taken a bit of stick on a variety of cycling forums – including comments on stories on this site – for appearing to suggest that only those cyclists who also own cars (and hence pay Vehicle Excise Duty) are covered by the iPayRoadTax.com campaign. I apologise if this has been the impression given.

The site is not about taking sides or making sure only one sub-set of cyclists can assert their “rights” on the road. iPayRoadTax.com highlights that ‘road tax’ doesn’t exist; motorists do not pay into a ‘road fund’. As road tax doesn’t exist, those cyclists who do not pay VED are not disadvantaged by the iPayRoadTax.com concept.

iPayRoadTax.com is a useful, shorthand way of expressing a number of interlocking concepts, it’s not a campaign for “motoring cyclists”.

  • sandlynx

    I never got the impression that i pay road tax was only for car owning cyclists. I'm one of those cyclists who sold their car and went solo cycle. In no way did I feel left out.
    Here in America, too, there is a lot of confusion by motorists about how the roads are paid for. Most motorists think it's the gas tax, or insurance, or some other un-named tax that they automatically assume that cyclists don't pay. They don't really know nor care. They really believe that, as in every thing else American, that might makes right which translates into “I'm driving a two-ton plus vehicle and you're riding a welded set of pipes that weighs all of 20 or 30 lbs. I win. I'm bigger.” The tax paying issue is really secondary and comes up when someone points out that cyclists have a legal right to use the roads. Then, the childish, dumb-downed American whines, “Oh, they don't pay the same taxes and fees we are mandated by law to pay! It ain'it fair!”
    Actually, all we cyclists do pay all those same fees. But, don't expect an American to comprehend this truth.

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    Thanks for that.

    I know each State is different but the situation across there is
    almost the situation here: roads aren't funded directly from a 'road'
    tax.

    Same for Australia and lots of other places.

    You're right, the tax thing is just an excuse.

  • sandlynx

    I never got the impression that i pay road tax was only for car owning cyclists. I’m one of those cyclists who sold their car and went solo cycle. In no way did I feel left out. rn Here in America, too, there is a lot of confusion by motorists about how the roads are paid for. Most motorists think it’s the gas tax, or insurance, or some other un-named tax that they automatically assume that cyclists don’t pay. They don’t really know nor care. They really believe that, as in every thing else American, that might makes right which translates into “I’m driving a two-ton plus vehicle and you’re riding a welded set of pipes that weighs all of 20 or 30 lbs. I win. I’m bigger.” The tax paying issue is really secondary and comes up when someone points out that cyclists have a legal right to use the roads. Then, the childish, dumb-downed American whines, “Oh, they don’t pay the same taxes and fees we are mandated by law to pay! It ain’it fair!” rn Actually, all we cyclists do pay all those same fees. But, don’t expect an American to comprehend this truth.

  • sandlynx

    I never got the impression that i pay road tax was only for car owning cyclists. I’m one of those cyclists who sold their car and went solo cycle. In no way did I feel left out. rn Here in America, too, there is a lot of confusion by motorists about how the roads are paid for. Most motorists think it’s the gas tax, or insurance, or some other un-named tax that they automatically assume that cyclists don’t pay. They don’t really know nor care. They really believe that, as in every thing else American, that might makes right which translates into “I’m driving a two-ton plus vehicle and you’re riding a welded set of pipes that weighs all of 20 or 30 lbs. I win. I’m bigger.” The tax paying issue is really secondary and comes up when someone points out that cyclists have a legal right to use the roads. Then, the childish, dumb-downed American whines, “Oh, they don’t pay the same taxes and fees we are mandated by law to pay! It ain’it fair!” rn Actually, all we cyclists do pay all those same fees. But, don’t expect an American to comprehend this truth.

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    Thanks for that.rnrnI know each State is different but the situation across there is rnalmost the situation here: roads aren’t funded directly from a ‘road’ rntax.rnrnSame for Australia and lots of other places.rnrnYou’re right, the tax thing is just an excuse.

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    Thanks for that.rnrnI know each State is different but the situation across there is rnalmost the situation here: roads aren’t funded directly from a ‘road’ rntax.rnrnSame for Australia and lots of other places.rnrnYou’re right, the tax thing is just an excuse.

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