Earlier today, BBC Radio Norfolk interviewed me about the case and I hope I gave a reasonable and reasoned rebuttal to the rather strange claims made by the call-in guests,
including Malcolm, who didn't half go off on one. The Malcolm-and-me segment can be heard at 2:07:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018cbxp
The host asks "is it time that cyclist did pay road tax?" - it's a totally pointless question because there is no such thing as "road tax", it is Vehicle Excise Duty and it's cost is based on CO2 emissions, therefore if cyclists were obliged to have a tax disc it, like other zero emissions vehicles, wouldn't cost anything. Of course, if cyclists were made to have a "tax disc" it would cost everyone money to administer.https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables
Another common misconception is that roads were built for cars, whereas in reality, with the exception of motorways, which were built for cars and on which cyclists are not allowed, most roads pre-date cars by several centuries, sometimes millennia. The roads pre-existed and cars were allowed to use the roads that were previously there for pedestrians, horses and horse drawn vehicles.
"We" are not on "driver's" roads, "they" are on everyone else's.