'Why don't cyclists pay road tax?' - you asked Google and we've got the answer

It's one of the most searched-for queries about cyclists on Google, and we're here to provide the answer

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Cast an eye down any newspaper column or radio discussion show about cyclists and there's a chance that the words "road tax" won't take long to crop up.

An argument frequently trotted out against cyclists, spending on cycling infrastructure, better protections for cyclists etc. is that cyclists don't pay road tax, whereas motorists do. Right? Well...

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.