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Rethink on motorbike taxation

A MAJOR rethink of taxation on motorbikes has been launched by the Government in a bid to encourage commuters out of their cars.

The Government has launched a consultation document to examine changes to Vehicle Excise Duty for motorbikes, aimed at promoting smaller engines to be used for commuting.

The current system splits motorcycles into three bands, over 150cc or less, 150cc-249cc and 250cc or more.

The Treasury proposes that the new system will continue to be based on engine sizes, but several new bands are being considered, with the favoured system covering vehicles displacing less than 400cc, 400cc to 600cc and more than 600cc. There could also be an extra band for bikes displacing more than 1,000cc

Responses should reach the DVLA by February 8, 2002. The address is: Motorcycle VED Consultation, Vehicle Policy Group, DVLA, Longview Road, Swansea, SA6 7JL.

Alternatively you can email: vehleg.dvla@gtnet.gov.uk

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