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  • Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Loooong, but this may amuse some of you:

    I’ve been engaged in a little “debate” about car tax and the rights of cyclists with someone on YouTube calling himself 1CuppaCharr.

    Unusually he concedes that car tax (“road tax”) doesn’t actually pay for roads and that all taxpayers do. And that some cars don’t pay it. And that most cyclists have cars and pay VED. But still maintains that cyclists don’t pay so should be subservient to drivers.

    All in all it forms an illuminating and rather disturbing insight into the irrational thoughts of the most outspoken bike haters.

    The comments are all on this video, in which a rather misguided bloke attempts to show how cyclists should crawl around roundabouts in the left gutter for their own safety and to avoid “hindering drivers”. 🙄

    For those unable to get to YouTube, here are a few highlights:

    1CuppaCharr:
    Only taxdisc displaying drivers actually PAY to USE the road… The rest of you bunk on? for FREE.

    No pay… No say…

    GrahamStw:

    Millions of “taxdisc displaying drivers” legally pay ZERO car tax.

    Or are you suggesting that drivers of Band A cars should get “no say” too?

    Following that logic,? “the say” of one Band I driver is ten times more important than that of a Band B driver; and one HGV driver outranks ten Band F drivers.

    Democracy through tax contribution. Lovely.

    Perhaps we could extend your values to other parts of society? Why should non-taxpayers get benefits, NHS treatment, or education for example?

    1CuppaCharr:

    Eco warrior hippy beatnik drivers are cheating the system.. They’re no better than benefit thieves.. Nobody is saying FARE paying drivers are more? important than those who don’t PAY their FARE… However those road USERS that do NOT pay should have a little respect for those that DO pay..

    No pay… No say…

    GrahamStw:

    Well personally I think everyone deserves respect, independent of how much tax they pay or how much money they earn.

    But you seem to confuse “respect” with “subservience”. I’m sure you’d happily give up your parking space to someone driving a higher band car for example; or stop and give way to a cyclist who earns more than you. But really? I think having a standard set of rules for all makes a bit more sense, don’t you?

    1CuppaCharr:

    Look I’m not suggesting that Britain become some crazy plutocracy.. All I’m saying is that motorists PAY an awful lot more than cyclists in order to USE the road… Yet it’s cyclists that are the ones who ride roughshot over the humble driver.. It’s the humble driver that is the submisive. Cyclists PAY nothing from cycling alone… Cyclists? should be seen but NOT heard.

    No pay.. No say…

    Nobody is suggesting VED pays for the roads.. All taxpayers PAY for the construction and maintenance of our roads. VED is a cleverly disguised FEE to actually USE the road… It’s a FEE cyclists and Eco warrior hippy beatnik drivers do NOT pay… We do? NOT have a wear and tear tax in this country, so any comments on road wear and tear are irrelevant.. Our roads service everybody even if you’re housebound you still depend on the roads for basic needs..

    No pay.. No say…

    KidMoeMoe:

    VED is a tax on emissions. It’s really not a difficult concept to understand. Pushbikes and electric? vehicles do not emit CO2, and so don’t pay VED.

    VED is not, in any way whatsoever, a fee to use the roads, no matter how many tortured metaphors you come up with. If it was, everyone who uses the roads would pay it, emissions or not.

    1CuppaCharr:
    You have been tricked by the government… VED is NOT a tax on Co2 emissions… VED is a direct road USAGE fee…

    1,..A company rep? in a Prius clocks up 50,000 miles in a year

    2,..A sunday driver in a Range Rover only clocks up 500 miles in a year..

    Who produces the most Co2 emissions?…

    It’s the VED exempt Prius isn’t it…. Proving once and for all that VED is NOT a tax on emissions…

    No pay… No say….

    GrahamStw:

    Yep &? those extra miles/emissions are taxed by all the extra fuel duty the Prius driver will pay.

    Car tax/VED is a “nudge tax”. It is intended to make people think about CO2 when choosing a car and “nudge” them towards lower emissions.

    Still, call it whatever you like. Paying it doesn’t give you any more rights than any other road users.

    Cyclists are not “riding roughshot [sic] over taxdisc displaying drivers”.

    They are people, like you, just trying to get to their destination safely.

    1CuppaCharr:

    A “nudge tax” now… Ho Ho.. Stuff and nonsense.. VED is a cleverly disguised road USAGE fee.. And you’re right, LEGALLY cyclists have the same rights as motorists, but MORALLY the have no rights at all… Drivers contribute more than £50 billion to the treasury per anum from driving alone.. Cyclists contribute….. Nothing…

    No pay… No? say….

    GrahamStw:

    Well I suppose £50 billion is a lot of money. How many cyclists do you? think you should be allowed to paralyse or kill for that?

    That IS your point isn’t it? Cyclists “don’t pay” so they should put driver convenience before their personal safety; placing themselves at greater risk of injury or death, rather than causing a driver to slow down slightly or change lanes?

    (By the way cycling is worth a few billion per annum to the UK economy too – but I’m sure you’ll dismiss that for some reason).

    1CuppaCharr:
    Cycling is a choice… Nobody is forcing you to place yourself in danger by cycling on our roads…Unlike cars, vans, buses, lorrys etc, bicycles are NONE essential vehicles. Cyclists cycle at their own risk. It’s NOT fair? to blame PAYING drivers (who wisely protect themselves inside the safety of an enclosed vehicle) if you come to grief on your fllimsy pushbike. Cyclists do NOT pay for the USE of the roads. So why on earth should drivers kowtow to them..

    No pay… No say….

    GrahamStw:

    Do you use the same logic to justify endangering pedestrians as well? After? all walking is a choice; they should be in a car eh? The nerve of them, holding up PAYING cars while they cross they road.

    I don’t “blame” drivers. Or ask them to “kowtow” to me.

    I just ask them to drive safely and respect the safety of other road users, including drivers.

    Nobody forces me to cycle. I happen to enjoy it. It’s a good way to get some exercise when I’d otherwise be stuck in my car. You should try it!

    1CuppaCharr:

    What kind of idiot walks on the road? Pedestrians who cross at designated crossings have my full respect.. Just as cyclists who cycle to the extreme left of the road and don’t complain about drivers also get my respect.. Cyclists do NOT pay to USE the road.. So they should behave like they do NOT pay.. If I rode a bike my face would be beetroot and I’d don my cap? and thank every taxdisc displaying driver I came across.

    No pay… No say…

    GrahamStw:

    Only crossing on foot at designated crossing points? So is? that what you do is it? Good luck to you. I couldn’t leave my own street following that “rule”. I suppose the Green Cross Code is just another beatnik hippy government conspiracy is it?

    As for cycling in the gutter. No thanks. My own safety (and yours) is worth far more to me than your “respect”.

    I mean, imagine if there was an accident and you ended up in hospital. You’d be beetroot and doffing your cap to all the private patients. 🙂

    1CuppaCharr:

    The Green Cross Code… I’m glad you mentioned that.. You see when a pedestrian USES The Green Cross Code they are in effect kowtowing to? the valiant taxdisc displaying drivers.. Which is fine.. As Happentpenko here demonstrates riding in the gutter is perfectly safe… All I’m asking for is a little bit if respect and humility from those who choose NOT to PAY to USE the road..It’s NOT much to ask, is it?

    No pay… No say…

    GrahamStw:

    Happentpenko here demonstrates that riding in the gutter on a roundabout is a ****ng terrible idea, as testified to by the 89 people (including non-cyclists) who have disliked this video and taken the time to explain why.

    You may not give much of a *** about my life, or people in general, but you should at least consider that me riding in the gutter vastly increases the likelihood that you won’t spot me and scratch up your? nice Mercedes with my internal organs and the pointy bits on my bike.

    1CuppaCharr:

    Eco warrior hippy beatnik drivers are cheating the system.. They are stealing from everybody.. You see when Churchill? abolished actual “road tax” (and tricked drivers into PAYING an emissions based tax) he didn’t anticipate the mainstream USE of Eco warrior hippy beatnic cars…. It’s because of cyclists like you, and Eco warrior hippy beatnik drivers ( trying to save a quick buck by not PAYING fuel duty or VED) that the national debt is spiraling out of control…

    No pay… No say…

    GrahamStw:

    What on earth are you on about now 1CuppaChar?

    Churchill abolished the? hypothecation of the road fund license in 1937, but the tax itself still existed.

    Basing VED on CO2 emissions was introduced in 2005 with the express aim of nudging people towards cleaner engines – so to say that effect wasn’t anticipated is complete and utter nonsense.

    Premier Icon ChrisHeath
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    You are aware of the one about not arguing with idiots, aren’t you?

    🙂

    bencooper
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    I’ve been engaged in a little “debate” about car tax and the rights of cyclists with someone on YouTube calling himself 1CuppaCharr.

    I see what you did wrong there.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    You are aware of the one about not arguing with idiots, aren’t you?

    Why do you think I still come here…? 😉

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    call him a **** and walk away? anyway I struggle with long sentences (or what ever the mods substitute for (I.N.R.A.T.S) these days

    teasel
    Member

    Yeah, anyone who uses the same phrase over and over (twice in one post, infact) is clearly trolling.

    No pay… no say…

    ****

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    I think 1cuppacharr should be tasked to deliver Oscar Prestorious a surprise valentine’s present. He could drive there if he wanted….. 😈

    What a numpty – don’t bother Graham, you are wasting your breath

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    mikewsmith:

    “Don’t believe internet quotes from people that can’t spell Arthur”
    — GarhamS

    You posted a link to this a few months ago? Are you in need of that much attention?

    edlong
    Member

    To be honest, I’ve seen / read worse, less well thought out anti-cylist venom posted in the bottom half of the internet (local newspaper comments sections anyone?). At least he was willing to have the debate and engage with your arguments (whoever illogically and contradictory it was).

    brakes
    Member

    you’ve got too much spare time on your hands Graham

    Most cyclists (all that I know) also own a taxed car that is sitting on the drive while they’re riding their bike instead anyway.

    So if, as he asserts, it really is a fee for using the road then those cyclists have paid it.

    On the other hand… just step away from the youtube comments.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    You posted a link to this a few months ago? Are you in need of that much attention?

    Erm.. nope. Check the YouTube timestamps: this debate progressed over the past week or so.
    The video itself was only published on the 2nd of Feb.

    Joe
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    What a waste of time.

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    I got the feeling he was trolling the hell out of you. Plutocracy? Really?

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    you’ve got too much spare time on your hands Graham

    Yep. Isn’t that why we are all here?

    Most cyclists (all that I know) also own a taxed car that is sitting on the drive while they’re riding their bike instead anyway.

    So if, as he asserts, it really is a fee for using the road then those cyclists have paid it.

    He covers that. Doesn’t count. One ticket doesn’t buy you two rides or something.

    thx1138
    Member

    Cyclists do NOT pay to USE the road

    Except that they do. Like everyone else does, wether they drive or not.

    He’s got a point about Toyota Pious drivers. ‘Hybrid’ vehicles still create pollution.

    Other than that, he’s a thick ****.

    Or a troll.

    You posted a link to this a few months ago? Are you in need of that much attention?

    Erm.. nope. Check the YouTube timestamps: this debate progressed over the past week or so.

    Apologies. At work so can’t access YT. You’re not the first STW member to post a link to “debates” with an anti-cyclist on youtube.

    perhaps I need to spend less time on here 😀

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Theres nothing to argue with – what he thinks about a cyclists place on the road, how they might hinder other road users or anything else is irrelevant because him thinking that, or saying that, or broadcasting that will not steer a bicycle, let alone all bicycles. He’s not in a position to re-draft the highway code, educate the public of his revisions, change driver training and testing and police all this. All he can do is mutter about it and get his dander up.

    Bruce
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    I already pay for a VED car
    I pay income tax
    I pay vat
    I pay council tax
    I pay insurance tax
    If I ride my bike rather than drive I don’t do as much damage, or cause as much polution, and make more space for ignorant, Daily mail reading mupets to drive their car and then complain about me not paying my way.

    You can’t win an argument with these people

    bigyinn
    Member

    You need to step away from that one. I’ve had similar “discussions” with some clown I was a school with 25 years ago.
    He got done by a bus lane camera in Glasgow late at night and thinks its stupid and unfair. Despite the fact that those were the rules I got various insults and abuse from him. So I stepped away and let it go. I REALLY wanted to keep debating, but I knew that he wasn’t even prepared to reasses his viewpoint.
    He was a **** 25 years ago and he’s still a **** now.

    ormondroyd
    Member

    ‘Hybrid’ vehicles still create pollution.

    Yep but they don’t pump nearly as much of it out in stop-start traffic in crowded areas where people directly interact with it.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Apologies. At work so can’t access YT. You’re not the first STW member to post a link to “debates” with an anti-cyclist on youtube.

    Just checked my posting history.

    I did actually post a different YouTube debate with someone calling himself chew1047 around six months ago.

    What can I say? I think it is important to publicly challenge these idiots. 😀

    birky
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    I’ve been engaged in a little “debate”

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    I already pay for a VED car
    I pay income tax
    I pay vat
    I pay council tax
    I pay insurance tax

    The thing is Tax and Duty are Tax and Duty, they’re not subscriptions or purchases, theres no return. Its doesn’t matter if you pay millions or nothing at all. If you are arguing about road use in relation to any kind of tax payment then you are wrong from the outset

    antigee
    Member

    ….and i promise not to bother reading a similar thread again (me that is)

    I think it is important

    a waste of space to publicly challenge these idiots.

    ormondroyd
    Member

    It’s just not worth it. Just thank them profusely for their generous contribution into your “free cycling infrastructure”, tell them you’re wracked with guilt at your freeloading behaviour, and move on.

    emsz
    Member

    Loving the meme action.

    Graham my love, I think you’ve been trolled

    brakes
    Member

    Yep. Isn’t that why we are all here?

    I get paid to be here.

    Sorry, I was asleep then…what just happened??? 😐

    butcher
    Member

    The guy’s an idiot. The bit he’s missing is that cyclists save HIM money.

    And that’s the thanks you get.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Graham my love, I think you’ve been trolled

    I’m not sure. He does crop up regularly on YouTube cycling videos with the same nonsense.

    So I guess he is trolling in that sense. But sadly I don’t think he is just there for the rise, I think he actually believes his own blethering.

    Either way, I’m happy to challenge it. I’ll never change his mind – but those comments remain for others to see. “Edmund Burke Principle” innit?

    (also emsz called me “my love”… *swoon*)

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Birky got it spot on and hence salad spitting on keyboard ensued.

    thx1138
    Member

    Graham my love, I think you’ve been trolled

    I’m not sure. He does crop up regularly on YouTube cycling videos with the same nonsense.

    Because he knows it gets a reaction? You’re just playing his game.

    If you really want to takes this to its natural headbanging, screaming and spitting conclusion the argument goes like this.

    Car Tax is based on emissions, more emissions = more tax
    Logic: To induce a move away from gas guzzling eco unfriendly transport top low emission nirvana.
    Outcome: With the excpetion of those who’ve had too much gel, cyclists are the lowest emission road users of all, so as the zero tax band is set somewhat higher than zero, far from banning or taxing cyclists, the natural conclusion is that we actually should be paid out of gas guzzlers taxes for using the road system.

    Cue: Heads hitting keyboards and exploding in high dudgeon

    Premier Icon Leku
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    Aren’t vintage cars also exempt from ‘Car Tax’?

    I think he should be told…

    alex222
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    the royal vehicular transport on the roads, the army and the police are all also exempt aren’t they?

    TuckerUK
    Member

    The problem with any discussion on Road Tax and cyclists is fraught with difficultly, because of the number of people ignorant of the facts.

    VED is a tax on emissions. It’s really not a difficult concept to understand. Pushbikes and electric? vehicles do not emit CO2, and so don’t pay VED.

    VED is not, in any way whatsoever, a fee to use the roads,

    This is entirely 100% incorrect.

    If I buy three identical vehicles, with identical emissions, use one for closed circuit racing, one for closed circuit rallying, and one on the road…guess what, only the one I use on the road requires VED. Therefore, very clearly, VED is a tax to use our roads.

    Hence ‘Road Tax’ (colloquialism).

    Now, some people apparently think that Road Tax means the money is spent on the roads. I find that very hard to believe. Do they think Alcohol Tax (another colloquialism) is spent on alcohol? Tobacco Tax (yet another colloquialism) on ciggies? Really, it’s pretty basic stuff here.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    You only have to drive your car for 5 minutes to realise how many clueless morons drive cars. You don’t have to go get evidence in the Youtube comments section.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    He’s probably a troll but to be fair I’ve got too much free time so I’ve joined in.

    alex222
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    You only have to drive your car for 5 minutes to realise

    that the daily grind is soul destroying.

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