Cyclists should 'pay road tax and hold insurance' to ride on British roads, says petition

Online petition aimed at prime minister Theresa May attracts numerous scathing comments pointing out that road tax was abolished in 1937

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Over 22,000 people have signed an online petition calling for British cyclists to 'hold insurance and pay road tax'.

Owen McDermott created the petition, which will be delivered to prime minister Theresa May. In the text accompanying the petition, McDermott says: "The public roads used by motor vehicles are becoming unsafe to use due to one particular community that feel they are eligible to cycle on public UK roads".

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.