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Petition Against Unfair Motorcycle Tax

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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 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 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


  1. everyday i read something new about how this government is killing the country, makes me sic.

    Comment by james macleod — 14 May 2008 @ 10:35

  2. no high road tax

    Comment by Andy cope — 3 Jun 2008 @ 11:20

  3. I couldn’t agree more James mate. The government is destroying our country. The cost of EVERYTHING is going up and minimum wage is staying at a stupid crap level. WAKE UP government! Global warming from Co2 is a load of crap anyway, just a money-making scam like the y2k bug.

    I’m emigrating to Spain soon because although I’m only 22 I’m fed up with the way I’m being treated by my own government – they are sick. No more tax to them from me.

    This issue with motorcycle road tax really does not suprise me (it engrages me) but this is exactly the sort of thing ALL OF US expect to see from our government every day.

    This is not just me that feels this way, EVERYONE I know feels exactly the same and I’ve asked them if people they know feel the same…they do…all of them!!!

    Comment by Evan Barnes — 26 Jul 2008 @ 12:48

  4. On two wheeles I don’t take up a parking space, I don’t take up much road space, my bike is never less than 50% occupied, I only put two little patches of rubber on the road and my CO2 is way lower than all those around me but I’ve got to pay £66 Road Tax for a 660cc bike while a car with a bigger engine pays nil.

    How can that be right?

    Comment by Ian Hughes — 23 Sep 2008 @ 19:17

  5. no logic behind any of it, makes me want to leave the country.

    Comment by ahmed ulhaq — 28 Jan 2009 @ 20:02

  6. Thought road tax was supposed to be for the use of the road, so why will some get FREE use of the road with heavy vehicles, bikes dont do any damage to the road at all

    Comment by M Battlebury — 28 Jan 2009 @ 20:15

  7. this labour government is totally blind with greed. written with clenched fist!

    Comment by gareth(stan)davies — 26 Jul 2009 @ 19:53

  8. Car drivers who only have the driver should pay extra to travel into towns and cities unless they carry at least one passenger.At work two thirds of us live near each other but they all take they own cars cars, if they had to pay extra they would share. We could half the number of cars on the road with this method.

    Bikers should not pay road tax but our petrol should be cheaper at the pumps as well.

    So if you want personal transport get a bike or pay extra in the car.

    Websites could be setup for motorists to put in where they live and where they are going to find out who is travelling in the same direction to aid car sharing.

    Comment by Kevin Keeble — 28 Jul 2009 @ 11:43

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