Riding, roads and rego

rego stickerYou may have heard it or read it in the letters to the editor ‘cyclists should not be on the road because they don’t pay rego’.

This is of course a silly argument and the following may help counteract it:

Paying rego is not paying for the right to use the road. Some of the money you pay goes towards the insurance.  Otherwise, just like many other forms of taxes, rego goes into consolidated revenue.
Some of it will contribute to road maintenance.
But just like we all pay for schools (whether we have kids or not), we all pay for hospitals (whether we need them or not), we all pay one way or another for road and cycle paths maintenance.
In any case many cyclists are also car owners who leave their cars at home. They are having too much fun keeping fit and healthy by riding to work, to school with their kids or just to the local shop.  

Click here for a more in depth article on why bikes should not be registered.

In June 2012, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main roads responded to a petition for the registration of bicycles. 

The suggestion of registering bicycles as a solution to identify and address irresponsible riding behaviour is noted. However, a registration fee would likely deter people from using a bicycle as a smart and sustainable mode of transport. Most adult cyclists already own a car, pay registration and are licensed drivers. Through registration, rates and general taxes, cyclists are already contributing towards the cost of bike paths, road construction and maintenance and road safety campaigns.

Even a modest registration fee would impact on those Queenslanders who are least able to pay. These persons include children, pensioners and the unemployed who enjoy the low cost and healthy transport option that cycling offers.

Cycling is a healthy and environmentally sustainable transport option that generates minimal road damage and effectively reduces air and noise pollution. It has significant benefits for health, the environment and tourism as well as having positive local impacts in connecting communities.