I've put this in commuting becuase it is something that I get thrown at me a lot as I am commuting and I know others do too - you know the usual "get off the road, you don't pay any tax" etc etc. I often see threads about road tax and whether the average motorist does actually pay to be on the road or not and I am still unclear. I presume that you must pay the tax for being on the road in some way as you can't park your car on the road (legally) without it can you? I've heard rumours that the road maintenance is taken from the money we pay in Council Tax but I'm still a little unsure about this. When I tax my car every six months, what exactly am I paying for and why does it wind motorists up so much (my own father included I am sad to say) that we don't have to pay it to cycle on the road?