Tag Road tax

Time to end the myth of road tax

The following was sent as a letter to the Editor of The Herald newspaper and appeared in a slightly edited form on the 26th July 2013 The full original version is here: Dear Editor, In your recent correspondence regarding cycling… Continue Reading →

Onus should be on the cyclists?

Following the death of yet another cyclist on Scotland roads I was deeply saddened to see the following letter in The Herald newspaper: Onus should be on the cyclists Tuesday 23 July 2013 ONCE again the strict liability law is… Continue Reading →

Strict Liability and the Road Share campaign

For some time now, I have been in favour of a law of Strict Liability. This defines who is liable when collisions occur on the roads. So I was pleased to learn that a Peebles lawyer, Brenda Mitchell, had started… Continue Reading →

The BBC and the myth of “road tax”

Why is the BBC so keen on perpetuating the myth of “road tax”? The term is totally misleading in that it suggests that roads are paid for out of taxes raised on motoring. As I have pointed out before, this… Continue Reading →

Manifesto suggestions for active travel revisited

With the Scottish elections coming up in May, I thought I would revamp my manifesto suggestions for active travel. Active travel is a great idea as it achieves so many policy objectives: it is clean, it is green, it reduces… Continue Reading →

Complaint to the BBC

Dear BBC The BBC charter states the BBC aims to inform, educate and entertain. While some may regard Mr Clarkson’s comments on running over cyclists because they don’t pay “road tax” as entertainment (Top Gear BBC2 07/02/2011 21mins 25seconds in)…. Continue Reading →

Manifesto suggestions for active travel

Active travel is a great idea as it achieves so many policy objectives: it is clean, it is green, it reduces congestion in towns and cities, and it is healthy (active people, such as regular cyclists, live longer). In addition,… Continue Reading →

You don’t pay tax…

One of the more stupid statements made by motorists to cyclists is “you don’t pay tax”, sadly this is just not true. We all pay tax, as the old axiom has it: there are two things in life which are… Continue Reading →

Roads are for cars!??

Anyone who cycles regularly on British roads is likely to have heard the comment from car drivers that “roads are for cars!” This is often stated as fact, which poses the question why are roads for cars? Despite the currently… Continue Reading →

Green Taxes

So the Tories are proposing a move towards more environmental taxes, based on the principle the polluter pays. Now I am all in favour of increasing environmental taxes and reducing direct taxation, but can we trust the Tories on this… Continue Reading →

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