A more reasoned reply..
I can see no logical reason for not taxing electric bikes,as it is clear many ride them without pedalling.
No longer, a new Electric bike must have pedal assistance 2015..... so the first sentence rather undermines the argument
They contribute to the greenhouse effect as they consume electricity generated by burning gas,coal and other combustibles.
The present taxation for motor vehicles accounts for this and electric bicycles (along with electric cars are exempt because they are in Group A0 ..... is it just bicycles you wish to tax, or will this tax also be applied to all the exempt electric vehicles, all of which use more of these sources than an electrical bicycle
I would also advocate insurance for all bicycles used on then road,and a registration system,with each rider wearing something round their neck for scanning purposes.
Given the problem with the current system with police estimating that some 10% of vehicles are uninsured, would you advocate the same system for ALL road users, or is this again just about cyclists?
Finally cyclists may not cause material damage to roads(although some of the heavier pedallers like Boris may disagree),they benefit from road signage and other street furniture,and can expect free treatment if knocked off from an overburdened NHS.
(Leaving aside the reality that the NHS is paid from teh general taxation pool which everyone contributes to already)
As does everyone who walks outside their door. Again it also brings up teh question of all teh drivers who are at present exempt .... again would you support these "taxes" on the disabled, electric vehicle users with by your measure also don't pay enough, or is it simply about cyclists
The tax could be levied by charging a higher rate of VAT on cycling accessories like bells,helmets and locks ie an indirect tax collected by retailers.
Why only on cyclists as above there are some 7 million exempt drivers ... are you going to put additional taxes on them, or again just cyclists?
I do appreciate the occasional zealot will oppose these progressive views,much as the Luddites resisted the mechanisation of lace-making in Knots and Liecester,but the measure will earn cyclist the admiration of the motorist-most motorists rightly see the cyclistb as a free-loader.
I love the "agree or you are a zealot" attempt to prevent discussion...... again why are cyclists "freeloaders" yet the millions of exempt motorists in teh same situation are not?
Are all these motorists also "freeloaders" after all by your standards, the disabled and electric vehicle users will earn the admiration of the motorist-most motorists rightly see them as a free-loader.
I used to oppose the tax advocated but sense there are simply too many bikes on the road,causing a great deal of congestion.Incidentally I would not apply a congestion charge to all bikes,just those with batteries.
Again. the reality would beg to differ ..... most congestion is caused by vehicular traffic, again would you support these moves against all vehicles, odr again is this simply about bicycle and the fact there are too many vehicles on the road is acceptable?
IT would be interesting if these points could be clarified