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Driven round the bend by motorists' assumptions

I have been reading the letters in the Belfast Telegraph recently highlighting the conflict between cyclists and motorists.

So far, I have refrained from writing, but the letter from your correspondent Responsible Driver (Write Back, May 7) has made me think otherwise.

The point that he/she makes about cyclists not having insurance, road tax and lessons is very far from the truth. I - and many thousands like me - have insurance and have taken cycling lessons and a test (not the cycling proficiency type).

I don't pay road fund tax as this is based on carbon dioxide emissions which bikes don't produce. Incidentally, there are many thousands of motorists in Northern Ireland who also don't pay this tax for the same reason.

I have no problem with any of this and no problem with compulsory insurance (it is very cheap for cyclists, compared with motorists - the reasons for which I will leave to the motorists to think about).

But before any legislation is put in place to make any of this compulsory, can I suggest that those drivers who currently drive without insurance, road fund tax, or MOT certificate be taken off the road before telling cyclists what to do?

The next time you see a cyclist, think that they may be insured, could be paying road fund tax for a car which is at home and are considering their own safety with their position on the road.


Lisburn, Co Antrim

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