Vehicle Excise Duty is a tax. Excise levied on diesel and petrol is tax. This is paid for by road users who buy fuel. Excise Duty is raised to pay for roads - cyclists do not pay any Vehicle Excise Duty.Dave Ewart wrote:You really are on shaky ground if you're trying to claim that the cost of manufacturing bicycles is a major consideration.Louise Sinclair wrote:Cyclists claim environmental credentials. They discount the cost to the environment of manufacturing bicycles. Especially the rubber components and glue.
Tax levied on motorists for the maintenance of the roads is not applied to cyclists but they don't seem to object to partaking of the largesse paid for by drivers and damning the car owner in the next breath.
And there is no tax "levied on motorists for the maintenance of the roads": it doesn't exist. Since pre-WWII, there has been no such tax. That so-called "road tax" is actually Vehicle Excise Duty. It's paid on a sliding scale based on emissions, broadly-speaking. That's why those with small, low-emission cars (and those with bikes!) pay nothing. By your argument, those driving those small, low-emission cars have just as little "right to use the road" as cyclists. Road maintenance is paid for out of general taxation.
Bicycles cost the environment by the very nature of manufacturing
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... -bike-blog
Ignore my arguments if you wish but spouting hostile nonsense in response does nothing for your intelligence credibility.
As for Justin - it is surely a case of the pot calling the kettle black when he mentions hate speech.