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Archived: April 24th 2003 Echoes... Previous Shouts
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Bike & Trike Tax

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for motorcycles will be frozen at current levels in the new budget.

VED rates on cars and vans will be raised.

MAG continues with its persistent lobbying and co-operation with the motorcycle community and Government on the issues of restoring the 25 year rolling VED `classic' exemption, VAT exemptions on protective motorcycle clothing, replacement visors (OE visors are already free of VAT when sold with a new helmet), and motorcycle training schemes.

Most recently, MAG has lobbied the Treasury and the Inland Revenue regarding the increase to the non-taxable allowance for riders using motorcycles and scooters for business.

The new VED Rates are as follows:

Motorcycles (with or without sidecar): 12 months rate:

Not Over 150cc £15.00
151cc - 400cc £30.00
401 - 600cc £45.00
All other motorcycles £60.00
6 months rate (only on all other motorcycles) £33.00

Trikes: 12 months rate:

Not over 150cc £15.00
All Other tricycles £60.00
6 months rate £33.00

BMF and ITV wants your input for TV series

Help the BMF to help us - your input wanted

ITV are planning to film a series on roads and road users, and want to cover as many issues as possible.

They have asked the BMF for details of road surface hazards that affect us, such as pot holes; poor surfaces; over-banding; badly sited manhole covers, in fact, any road hazard that presents us with a problem. Now's our chance to get ourselves included!

To submit your experience of poor road conditions or hazards, log on to where you'll find a form asking for your details.

Source: BMF website:

BikeSafe London


ACE Cafe, North Circular Road, London


Bikers are invited to participate in Rider Skills Days that offer assessment on present skills, and advice to help make their riding in London safer and more enjoyable.

Organised by Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police & Transport for London, Bikesafe London is presented by highly qualified police motorcyclists who will pass on their wealth of knowledge and experience in a friendly and informal manner.

The days start at 9.00am and finish at 4.00pm with lunch included and costs just £25.00 per rider.

Visit the BikeSafe London website at

Telephone Enquiries: 01689 856 971.

London: Free Parking

City gives 2-wheeled commuters 600 free parking spaces

The Corporation of London today announced 600 new free motorcycle parking places, in response to the introduction of the Congestion Charge on 17 February.

The provision of the new parking places is an urgent response to the increased demand for motorcycle and scooter parking that congestion charging is producing.

Mr Graham Forbes, Chairman of the COL Transportation Committee said: Current parking facilities are full and there is a level of unmet demand for motorcycle parking. Sales increase across London of motorcycles and scooters is not expected to slow - rather it is expected to increase with the introduction of the Congestion Charge."

Do you have experience of parking difficulties since the introduction of the Congestion Charge? Can recommended parking places or areas for other bikers visiting London?

Let us know in the Forums

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