my reply on 'road tax'

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Arch, 26 Jan 2008.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Logged on today to find that I have a delightful message on one of my youtube films, telling me I can't complain about road surfaces, because I don't pay road tax. It's an interesting task, explaining why that's rubbish, in less than 500 characters - what do you think of my reply?

    So much more I'd like to have said.... Like the distinction between 'road tax' and Vehicle Excise Duty, but I suspect that goes over most people's heads anyway. It's almost a nuisance that I don't have a car, or I could just say "Actually, I do pay road tax...."
  2. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    as far as i can remember part of the council tax goes to pay for local roads, so the car drivers,nearly said motorists!, have no arguement.
  3. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Nobody pays 'Road Tax' and haven't for years. People do pay VED (Vehicle Excise duty) and tax on fuel to be able to get around. Current MOT and Insurance is also a legal requirement.

    For cyclists there is no VED as cycles are exempt (like small cars are as well). There is no MOT, but there SHOULD be a legal requirement for 3rd party Insurance.
  4. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Road maintenance is paid for from central government either via the Highways Agency (trunk roads / motorways) or the annual maintenance grant that local authorities receive.

    Obviously fuel duty / VED no more pays for road maintenance than the VAT on the CD I bought last week.

  5. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I've given that fella a 'thumbs down'...don't know how long it takes to appear on the webpage, though.

    You open yourself up to all manner of comments when you make your vids public. That's the reality of it.
  6. OP

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Yes, I'd like to have gone into that, but in only 500 characters, you are pretty limited....

    It's the first time I've had an offensive type remark on one of my videos, I suppose I've been lucky so far. I wonder why he chose to view and comment on that one, and not the bad cycle lanes one....
  7. cannondale boy

    cannondale boy Über Member

    somewhere in fife
    It probably won't be the first or the last time you expect a bad comment on youtube. It happens on that website more often just to peeeee a person off that a video that does not approve to them. I would just let the comment fly by of course that person, and many others don't know the true meaning of VED.
  8. Good reply on youtube Arch.

    BTW what was the knocking noise on the video? Is someting loose on your bike on was it your false teeth rattling?;)
  9. Does paying road tax mean motorists own the road?
  10. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Well, seeing as the stereotypical motorist spends a good part of each journey shouting at every other motorist he encounters: "Do you think you own the f***ing road?!", it is clear that he is totally unaware of his good fortune. ;)
  11. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Hey Arch, thats nothing. You should see some of the replies I get on my videos. I had to delete one when it was making nasty comments about my wife (they didn't know her of course!):ohmy:
  12. What a tool. I've commented (under my YouTube moniker "ScumOfTheRoad").
  13. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    It is mostly the volume of cars which do the damage in the first place, it is only fair that they be made to pay an extra contribution for the damage they do. We all pay for the roads and have a right to use them.
  14. User482

    User482 Guest

    As you say, explanations about VED and the fact that council tax pays for roads will go over their heads.

    Tell them that you pay the same amount of "road tax" as a low emission car.
  15. OP

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Ah that was you! I should have guessed. I see that he's pretty well been out-commented...;)

    As for the rattling arran andy, I suspect it was my brain rattling about in my skull. No, to be honest, I'm not sure, possibly the camera rattling a little in its mount... It was a very potholey road (and still is, although last week it was under 3" of water in places....)
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