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Road Tax Increase

Discussion in 'General' started by OnlyOneWayHome, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. OnlyOneWayHome


    Thread Starter

    Location: Lancashire
    Changes to the law mean cars emitting less than 100g of CO2 per kilometre travelled would be exempt from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), while motorcycles are still required to pay.

    This was outlined by your Chancellor Alistair Darling in his first budget, under the auspices of rewarding motorists for driving ‘green’ vehicles.
    Despite Darling’s aim, the rate of road tax paid by motorcyclists is set to double in 2009, with the annual charge for a typical 125cc commuter bike set to grow from £15 per year at present, to £33 in 2009.

    This makes a nonsense of the revised rates of vehicle excise duty, as motorcycles tend to emit less CO2 and use less fuel than cars, with the average CO2 output from motorcycles at 110g/km.

    So why do those who ride greener two wheeled vehicles, use less road space and do not contribute to congestion get penalised whilst 4 wheel motorist whose vehicles use under 100g/km are exempt from road tax .... makes a mockery of your plans

    Please sign the official petition below to hopefully make a change to this:

  2. Craig

    Craig Administrator Staff Member

    Location: Maidstone
    Happily sign that petition! Is bad the whole tax system, there is no fairness - if they're going to rate it purely on emissions then bikes should be also included in that scheme. Oh well is the country we live in! least Boris is trialing bikes using the bus lane's in London next year... no doubt there will be a minority that will ruin it for all! :roll:
  3. SV_Justin


    Location: Kent
    Its because motorcycles have been seen as a potential cash-cow. With the rise and rise of the motorcyle industry, namely thanks to the congestion charge, congestion in general and generally cheaper running and ownership costs, the government wants to maximise the income they can make of of us. They're all barstrads!!!

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