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Calls for cyclists to contribute more in ‘road tax’ after Highway Code changes
2021-08-31 04:00:00
Calls for cyclists to contribute more 'road tax' in response to upcoming Highway Code changes have sparked a lively discussion on social media. The new rules will give 'vulnerable' road users such as cyclists and pedestrians greater priority on our roads and are set to be given the green light this autumn. Read more: New rules to give cyclists and pedestrians priority over other road users The changes will create a 'hierarchy' of road users to give pedestrians priority at junctions as well as raising further awareness about the dangers of speeding. Some have suggested that if cyclists and other road users are going to be given more rights than motorists then they should also take more responsibility for their upkeep. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Some people have suggested the cyclists should pay taxes for the work done around the city (Image: Katie Pugh) The government undertook a consultation for the changes for 12 weeks last year and it generated a huge response with nearly 21,000 received from a range of respondents including government, public and business. The introduction of a new on pedestrian right of way was supported by 75% of respondents and 89% agreed with the introduction of the new rule on cyclist priority. The changes have prompted some people to suggest that cyclists should be contributing more in the form of taxes to help maintain the roads. Others have disagreed pointing out that road tax hasn't had a direct relationship to road maintenance for a number of years with general council tax supporting the maintenance of local roads. Tax for everyone Richard Burton said: “All road using vehicles should pay road tax.” Bryan Drakeley said: “Definitely, regardless of the situation. If you're using a public road then you should be properly taxed to do so, cyclists are taking more and more space up on the roads. “I'd even say they're getting worse, a 20 minute journey to work had now doubled due to all the recent changes.” Craig Lynn said: “So they should, why should motorists pay for the upkeep of cycle lanes.” For the latest traffic and trave

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