Danny Coyle Wed, Nov 16 2016 Likes1 10 Comments Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Should cyclists pay road tax? Over 32,000 people have put their names to an online petition appealing for British cyclists to hold insurance and pay road tax. The petition’s creator Owen McDermott says: “The public roads used by motor vehicles are becoming unsafe to use due to one particular community that feel they are eligible to cycle on public UK roads. “Just like having to sit your theory and your practical test to obtain a driving license [sic], Cyclists should have to do the same. What training have they had to use the road safely? “Insurance, if a cyclist throws him/herself into the back of a stationary motor vehicle… Who’s to blame? Not the cyclist… The driver of the motor vehicle would have to pay their own excess to repair the damages. “Im [sic] not sure on the percentage of how many cyclists die every year due to cycling on the road but if you stick them back on the path in a cycle lane I’m sure a lot more people will survive.” Although the title of the petition is “Cyclists to hold insurance to use public UK roads”, a pop-up window linked to from the page expands on this, stating “Cyclists to hold insurance and pay road tax to use public UK roads” The author may be on thin ice with this, given that road tax doesn’t officially exist. What do you think about this idea? Is it fair that, as road users, cyclist should hold insurance and pay a tax?