In a remarkably foolish admission, a motorist bragged on twitter about knocking a cyclist off his bike, justifying her actions by her payment of road tax.
Ignoring the fact that she apparently failed to stop after an accident and was quite possibly driving without due and attention, this individual is clearly ignorant of the status of ‘road tax’ which for starters was abolished in 1937 and is now referred to as ‘Vehicle Excise Duty’. This doesn’t even come close to covering the total cost of the road transport system (e.g. Vehicle Excise Duty brings in £4.5 bn a year, road building costs £9 bn a year – Sunday Times columnist calls for booze taxation to be spent on bigger pubs).
The police had been alerted to this person’s comments by twitter users shocked at her lack of compassion. The twitter member was quickly identified from her Facebook page and the police were sent other examples of her poor driving: she had taken twitter-available pix of herself tailgating other motorists, and even photographed her speedometer showing a speed of 95mph. She has now been asked to contact the police to ‘discuss’ the matter.
@emmaway20 we have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike. We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us
— Norwich Police (@NorwichPoliceUK) May 19, 2013
The story caught on and several British news outlets have reported it, including the BBC, which tracked down 29-year-old Toby Hockley, the cyclist who is believed to have been the victim of the hit and run.
“A car came tearing round the blind corner and narrowly missed a cyclist in front of me,” Hockley told the BBC. “She came on to my side of the road, I took the wing mirror off and I went flying off my bike into a hedge.”
He added: “She hit me hard, really hard. I am lucky to be alive.”
Way’s employers were also contacted about the incident, which prompted them to issue a public statement.
“We are taking the incidents very seriously, and a full and detailed investigation will be carried out and appropriate action taken. We have already spoken to Norfolk Police,” said the accounting firm Way works at, according to ipayroadtaxes.com.
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