Cyclists don’t pay for roads, why should they be given free infrastructure

All tax-payers pay for roads, whether or not they happen to use them. Local roads (i.e. all apart from motorways and trunk roads) are paid for from local council funds. The councils gets their money roughly equally from central government, council tax, and business rates.

From Carlton Reid’s IPayRoadTax website,

Road tax doesn’t exist. It’s car tax, a tax on cars and other vehicles, not a tax on roads or a fee to use them. Motorists do not pay directly for the roads. Roads are paid for via general and local taxation. In 1926, Winston Churchill started the process to abolish road tax. It was finally culled in 1937. The ironically-named iPayRoadTax.com helps spread this message on cycle jerseys. Car tax is based on amount of CO2 emitted so, if a fee had to be paid, cyclists would pay the same as ‘tax-dodgers’ such as disabled drivers, police officers, the Royal family, and band A motorists, ie £0. Most cyclists are also car-owners, too, so pay VED. Many of those who believe road tax exists, want cyclists off the roads or, at least registered, but bicycle licensing is an expensive folly.

For the full details, see http://www.ipayroadtax.com