Why are you investing in cycling if cyclists don’t pay road tax?March 9, 2020 0 COMMENTS
Cycling and walking improvements are funded from a variety of sources – including the GLA’s council tax precept and fares revenue, both of which people who cycle pay.
Road tax has not existed since 1937. Instead people who own cars pay Vehicle Excise Duty, which is based on how polluting a vehicle is. As cycles do not pollute, they are not charged for VED, just like motorists don’t pay VED for their low emission or electric vehicle. VED revenue raised gets paid into the Government’s consolidation fund, which then goes towards funding a range of activities – this could be towards defence or education. There is no direct link between VED and constructing or maintaining roads.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.