This was bought to my attention a little while ago by a friend of mine Deano who thinks you all should be made aware of these changes.
Keep up the good work Deano.
Please check out the petition and add your name to lend weight.
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.
Your Chancellor Alistair Darling in his first budget outlined this last week, 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 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
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