I don’t listen to talk-back radio, so could not have known that many of the old geezas who love to call in, believe their road taxes buy them the right to the road, over cyclists, and I guess even pedestrians. It’s exasperating really, to think this country has been sold for a song to out and out cretins (no offense meant to Greeks from that island, who gave us corbelling and rhytons and so many fine legends).
Constantine’s Arch, Rome Traffic control in Pompeii Hunter Street before grand theft auto A video making my point exactly
Road taxes pay for the bitumen, not the stolen land that bitumen is laid on. Building alignments in cities predate the invention of cars (der!) and horse drawn carriages went at bicycle pace, not 50-110km/h. The suggestion that road taxes have bought drivers the right to burl their way over all but the footpath, at such deadly speed, in half tonne piles of steel, is reprehensible actually. The Romans would not have stood by and allowed this happen. They would have built triumphal arches like those designed to slow chariots entering the city, or set protruding stones in the road, like those found in Pompeii. Thoughts about civic decorum that arose during The Renaissance would likewise have spared Florence. Imperial order would have spared China. In fact I can’t think of a city in all of history that would have given Toad the free reign he has enjoyed in the past 70 years.
I would like to calculate the real cost that should be apportioned to car owners, if the cost of taking land from the people for their special high speed pursuit was paid for in rent, but I think my point is made better by the guy in this video. Generous soul that I am, I would go so far as to say cars could use the road free, if they kept to the speed of a bike.