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Steve Hodgson  says:

Petition: Remove VAT from motorcycle kit

Can I ask that you take a look at this petition and if you agree please sign it. Also please pass it on to get other bikers to support this case to help people afford decent riding kit: Petition to remove VAT from bike kit

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  • Posted 6 years ago (16 December 2008 09:43)

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Jul 08

Posts: 190

zephyrdave says:


It's a great idea to get young riders to wear good kit but for kit to be sold as VAT free 'safety equipment' and not just clothing it has to be rigorously tested to a certain standard and approved - like CE approved armour and crash helmets. This costs money and may ultimately end up in kit being more expensive. You can get cheap lids now because the standards set for them have been around for ages and they're relatively simple to make compared to a set of leathers or textile kit.

Also a lot of kit on sale wouldn't come anywhere near the standards for safety kit so wouldn't qualify or would need huge investment to bring up to standard and so costing more. Also would insurance companies not pay out on personal injury claims if you chose to wear 'motorcycle clothing' rather than approved safety equipment?

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Aug 08

Posts: 12

Shakeyjake says:


VAT is supposed to be for stuff you have for fun and dont really need. For example eating food inside Macdonalds has vat added but take away food does not.

Also childrens clothes have no vat because children need clothes for safety and warmth. Thats no different from biker gear.

My father had to pay VAT for a wheelchair when he broke his leg, but if he was registered disabled he would have not had to pay VAT. he didn't need the chair for fun, but the government still took the tax.

Basically VAT on biker gear is only there so that the govenrment can get even more tax money, but biker gear IS for safety, even the fashionable stuff, and its only us that wears it. Ever seen a granny in a pair of biker boots?

So there is a good argument for removing VAT for biker gear, you do not need to have it tested, all you need is to convince the government to change its mind. So come on sign the petition!

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