A motoring campaigner is asking for the British government to introduce a tax for cyclists using the roads. Mike Rutherford, founder of the Motorists Association, also suggests that cyclists should have to pay for insurance.
Rutherford who is backing Express.co.uk’s campaign ‘Get Britain Moving’ feels that cyclists should be contributing to the upkeep of roads.
As part of the Express’ campaign, they have set up an online petition which states “I call upon the Department of Transport to act now to significantly reduce the unacceptable traffic congestion blighting Britain’s roads”
Rutherford said on the newspaper’s website: “If cyclists want their dedicated lanes and cycle lanes surely they like drivers, plane users and boat users, should pay for the access. £50 is not a lot and it would help.
“Cyclists should pay their way. Drivers are one of the highest taxed motorists in the world and he or she pay their motoring related taxes, which total about £60billion a year. I don’t know why cyclists are the only ones who are let off from the charges.”
Rutherford also feels that cyclists should also be required to have insurance. “Cyclists should be insured. They can run people over and kill them and hurt them,” Rutherford said. “It’s happened, so there should be insurance for bikes.”