Road investment spending graphic 2011

Let's start by pointing out a fact that some motorists don't always understand: vehicle excise duty - ‘road tax' - goes straight into central government coffers and isn't set aside to pay directly for our roads.

Nonetheless, VED does raise a lot of revenue for the government. And although cyclists ride bikes, most of us also drive cars and hence pay VED too. So when it comes to the state of British roads and wondering where all that money goes, cyclists have just as much right - and often more natural aptitude - to moan as anyone.

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