Out of touch au­thor­i­ties

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

It’s that time of the year again and I have just paid my road tax. Why, oh why, does the gov­ern­ment still class my bike on of­fi­cial doc­u­ments such as the V11 as ‘bi­cy­cle’? I paid £85 for the priv­i­lege of test­ing my bike’s sus­pen­sion to de­struc­tion on the pot­holed roads of Bri­tain. The ly­cra clad bunch who ac­tu­ally pedal their bicycles pay bug­ger all, so why should I, as ac­cord­ing to my pa­per­work, I also ride a ‘bi­cy­cle’. This is an anachro­nism that harks back to the days when men in bowler hats had to walk in front of cars wav­ing a flag.

Jif Fair­lamb, Ber­wick upon Tweed

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