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Do You Pay Road Tax?

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ToraToraTora | 10:41 Thu 15th Aug 2013 | Motoring
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Bet you don't!
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How can we end the Motorist/cyclist war? Like many I do both and when I'm doing one it's hard not to hate the other!

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Fines for adult cyclists using the pavement, especially as a race track. They certainly should carry insurance, not all accidents involving a cyclist are the fault of anyone except the cyclist. They should also obey traffic lights, they're there to control the flow of traffic and the cyclists are a part of that traffic. Many cyclists adopt a superior sense of their own righteousness and consider nothing applies to them.
I've never had my car scratched by a cyclist.
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I agree about insurance but would someone care to come up with a practical way of doing it.
I pay about £300 a year. Does that entitle me to scare a few cyclists? I do hope so.
You are right, I don't.


Though, that may have something to do with the fact that I do not have a car any more.
To tax bikes they would need number plates first , that would mean a new department of the DVLA to keep the records and issue to tax disks, the cost would far outweigh the income.
In answer to your other question about cyclists: whoever is thinking of buying a bicycle, they or the person(s) they are buying it for, should automatically do a bicycle proficiency test and if said person(s) fail, they should not be able to purchase said bike.
Does it have to be a profit and loss scenario? Transponders and registration would go some way to curbing out of control lycra louts. There would at least be a chance od recompense in the event of being a victim of green crime. Chip readers in traffic lights could be interrogated by the powers that be.
Even as a cyclist, and not a motorist (don't have a driving licence), I think the first thing that should be done is to force cyclists to take some form of proficiency test that is equivalent to a drivers' licence. I try my best to follow the rules of the road, but I don't really know what most of them are anyway, probably. Many other cyclists seem not to care, either. More often than not, I've observed cyclists putting themselves in danger by cycling on the wrong side of the road, or taking a phone call (only once), or three abreast, etc. Or worse still, turning without looking at high speeds. I've nearly died or had a serious accident several times -- and it's never been the fault of a car/ driver, but always a cyclist, or my own fault, or even pedestrians (who can be just as careless).

Anyhow, first step = cycling licences. Tax can follow later...
I have been reliably informed- by the police- when a cyclist went into the rear door of my car, that it is ALWAYS the motorist's fault. Police were behind me. They apologised and cautioned me.
+1 to call it Road Tax :-p
its about better education and on the spot fines for cyclists running red lights mounting pavements etc. Cyclists think they can go anywhere, wouldn't dream of pulling the same stunts on my bike/motorbike/car. Yes I use all three.

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