A tabloid columnist has sparked anger by calling motorcyclists loonies and saying he doesn’t mind if we kill ourselves.
Paul Routledge writes in today’s Daily Mirror: ‘Motorcyclists are a pain in the exhaust pipe. They drive recklessly and kill themselves in alarming numbers
‘I don’t mind very much about that, but they kill a lot of other people, too, whose only crime is to get in their way.’
Routledge repeats claims from the Commons Public Accounts Committee that nearly 40% of motorcycles are untaxed. He says we’re difficult to catch because we ‘drive too fast’.
He suggests tackling the problem by making riders ‘pay a year in advance for their road tax’. So presumably Routledge pays in arrears and never has valid tax.
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