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Your road tax letters to MPs made easy

Published: 25 February 2002

You’ve started sending letters to your MPs to follow up your massive response to the public consultation on bike road tax. Our tips, make it easy for anyone to join in.

Read on for advice on what to include in your letter, and links to e-mailing or faxing the contents to your MP for free.

Essexninja said: " Superb! Faxed my MP, who is Conservative so no doubt will object to it on principle anyway.

Petew: " Done my bit. Even added the fact that I lift share on a bike to work and wouldn’t exactly feel happy doing the 60 miles round trip, two-up, on anything less than a 750. "

Dainesefreak added: " Faxed it! Just hope they get their A into G and do something about it. "

Munun said: " E-mail sent to my MP. Conservative type green bloke, so I’ve been pushing the virtues of PTWs. He replied to me swiftly when I e-mailed him last week about Meacher and he was on our side. "

Have your say or add your comments on our Talk News board in the Discussion & Chat area.

Over 10,000 of you have responded to the Government’s public consultation on motorcycle road tax, many moved to action by proposals for a supertax for bigger bore bikes. Now it’s time to ram the point home with a follow-up letter to MPs.

After a campaign in both our paper and on the website, MCN’s editor Rob McDonnell personally delivered over 3000 responses from newspaper readers and estimates suggest that around another 7000 responses were made on the DVLA’s website, many of those coming from links from stories on this site.

" Make no mistake, this is an extraordinary, massive response, " said leader of the all-party motorcycle group, Lembit Opik MP.

" Big consultations normally receive hundreds of replies, not 10,000! The Treasury will be overwhelmed by this. "

The results of the consultation are still weeks away from publication though, as is the final decision on motorcycle tax reform. We’ve got the ball rolling now, and it’s important not to back off.

" The next step in winning this campaign is to contact your MP, " says Craig Carey-Clinch of the MCI, " Everyone who thinks that increasing road tax on his bike is a bad idea has to write to their local MP and let them know. If we sit back now, the entire thing will fade away until one day they announce motorcycle tax rises. And that’ll be too late. "

If you’d like some suggested text for what that letter might include, see the link, right. FIND YOUR MP: www.locata.co.uk/commons

You could copy the above bold text, add your name and that of your MP, and then visit www.faxyourmp.com It’s a free website that locates and faxes your MP directly and for free.

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