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Mar 09

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jonny68 says:

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Can't help but wonder if current bike tax classification is really fair to us two wheelers.

My peuogot 206 1.4 HDI has to pay £30 a year road tax as it it considered relitively environmentally friendly. It has a fuel consumption of 60mpg but wieghs in at a ton so will inflict some damage to the road network over the year period. My XJR 1300 has a fuel consumption of 50 mpg but only wieghs 1/4 ton so in theory will inflict less damage to the roads and is only marginally less frugal on fuel than my car and yet the annual road tax is over twice as much and lets not go into the level of road congestion that both the vehicles will cause.

Would it be better for bikes to pay road tax on co2 emmisions like cars do rather than engine capacity which is now a bit atiquated and surely the wieght of the vehicle and its contribution to congestion should also be considered when setting the tax level.

I would be interested to hear peoples views on this, and tell me I am barking up the wrong tree.

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Aug 02

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spondonste says:

Bike V car road tax

This might come as something of a suprise but bikes produce next to no CO2 emmissions. CO2 is formed by a relatively cold combustion process whereas bike combustions are somewhat higher. Bikes do however produce nitric oxide whereas cars produce very little of this emmission. The powers that be would try to suddenly decree nitric acid as being the worst pollutant on the planet rather than show considerred impartiallity

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Mar 09

Posts: 768

jonny68 says:

Bike tax

All new motorcycles now have to meet strict emmission laws and within the designs of bikes manufactuers have to incorperate hi tech fuel delivery systems, catalitic converters to name just two. These additional costs are cascaded down to the purchase price of new machines and yet we don't see the benefits in our road tax fees.

My little CBR125 can achieve 100mpg and is no more than a push bike on streroids, the tax is only £16 a year but this is still high when compared to hybrid cars that don't pay anything at all. This to me suggests that these cars have zero impact on the envionment.

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May 12

Posts: 111

LearnerRider says:


Love my little Pulse Scout 49 scooter with only £16 a year tax, and I fill up £5 every 2weeks!

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Nov 12

Posts: 12

the issue is

they see us as choosing to own a bike presumably alongside also owning a car. 

as you are aware, cars and bikes were both done based on engine size but in trying to cut carbon emissions the government have chosen to encourage and influence people's choice in cars to pick a smaller more economical car.

no one has chosen to alter the way in which bikes are taxed hence my 1.2 diesel costing only £4 more than my 125cc

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