Chronicle (12 November 2012)
Letter re: cyclists and taxation
Roads are paid for by local and national taxation so all UK taxpayers pay for roads.
VED, or car tax if you like, goes into the national coffers and is not ring-fenced for spending on roads.
Some motorists believe cyclists have fewer right to be on UK roads because they do not pay road tax.
This is a mistaken belief. Motorists and cyclists have equal rights to use roads.
Should your readers wish to find out more about who and what pays for roads, or the history of the Road Fund, they should visit ipayroadtax.com, an ironically- named website which just so happens to be based in Newcastle.
Coun DAVID COOK, Newcastle City Council
CARLTON REID, iPayRoadTax.com
KATJA LEYENDECKER, Newcastle Cycling Campaign
You can read the full letter here