Government To Introduce £104 Road Tax For Cyclists

Saw this online today. Incredible isn’t it?

What will they tax next?

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

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From April, 2012, It Will Cost £2 Per Week To Ride A Bicycle

A Whitehall mole today revealed that Transport Minister, Norman Baker, is to introduce a controversial new £104 annual road tax for cyclists.
Early reports indicate that the new charges will apply from April 1st 2012 and that there will be no exceptions or concessions made, irrespective of personal circumstances.

Children, pensioners, men and women of all ages will be liable for the new charges, and it will become compulsory to display a valid tax disc on all cycles, including tricycles of the type used by toddlers.

An insider explained that not all cycles will need to be taxed individually, meaning that households with multiple cycle ownership can attach the disc to any cycle in use, but all cycles in use must carry a valid tax disc, or the cyclist may face a fine of up to £5,000 and would risk their cycle being impounded and fed through a crusher in the absence of a valid tax disc.

A proponent of the scheme, speaking off the record, explained that the charge would average out at only £2 per week per cycle, less than the price of a pint of beer, and less than half the cost of a packet of cigarettes.

She went on to say that £2 per week represents real value for money for cyclists, who, during a period of great austerity would have unlimited access to the nation’s highways (with the exception of the motorway network) for a bargain basement price.
Cycling organisations are expected to vehemently oppose the proposed charges.
More as we get it.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

So, the answer to the question in the first line is obviously YES Open-mouthed smile

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About spen666

I'm a 40 something football fan and cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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