Jeremy Vine video sparks anger as drivers call on cyclists to pay road tax and insurance

Jeremy Vine video sparks anger as drivers call on cyclists to pay road tax and insurance

08/09/2021

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Broadcaster Jeremy Vine posted a 32-second video of a group of cyclists riding four abreast across a lane as he followed behind in his car. In the video, he says: “Absolutely no problem with this at all, this is exactly how cyclists should ride.

“They’re calming the traffic behind them, and we won’t overtake unless we have a really, really wide amount of clearance.

“If we want to go at 70 miles per hour, we can go and find a motorway.

“This is absolutely fine.

“There is absolutely no need for us to be going faster than this and we wish them well.”

Vine, who is a passionate cyclist himself, captioned the post saying that people who cycle should be encouraged to ride two, three and four abreast.

He said that it calms the traffic behind them, makes it less easy for bad drivers to attempt dangerous passes and it makes it more pleasant and sociable for the cyclists themselves. 

This prompted over 6,600 responses from social media users accused the cyclists of “self-entitlement” and “blocking the road”.

Many social media users also called on them to pay road tax or an equivalent to car tax if they wanted to ride like that.

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One user said: “Maybe they should start paying road tax and insurance like we do to use the roads.”

Another Twitter user said: “It certainly does not ‘calm traffic behind them’, it just infuriates drivers and makes them more likely to attempt a dangerous overtake.

“Cyclists should be considerate of other road users who pay tax to use the roads (unlike them) and keep to the side of the road.”

In response, a Twitter user said: “Roads are paid for through income tax.

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