More than half of New Zealand’s motorcyclists could soon be paying for their wheel in full, as the Government announced new motorcycle tax measures that will come into effect in 2021.
The Motorcycle Tax is a levy on motorcyclist registrations and motorbike accessories.
It will increase from $20 to $30 per year, depending on the number of motorcycles in a registration.
Motorcycle dealers and retailers will also be required to pay the levy.
The Government also announced new penalties for unlicensed owners of motorbikes.
Under the measures, a motorcyclis would have to:1.
Pay the tax or face a penalty of $40, up to a maximum of $100.2.
Pay a $20 surcharge on the registration or face penalties of $20, up by $100, or $100 for each subsequent registration of a motorbike that is unlicensed.3.
Have a maximum $20 fine for each unlicensed motorbike and $10 fine for unregistered motorbikers.
Motorbikes are currently exempt from the Motorcycle Charge.
The new measures are designed to increase motorcyclic safety and make it easier for motorcyclers to maintain a safe, secure and affordable motorbike.
Motorcyclists who are caught unlicensed could be hit with a $100 fine and a $10 surcharge, which can be paid online or by mail.
The penalties will come in for registration fees for motorbuses and motorbicycles.
Motorbike owners and dealers who are not paying the tax will face penalties ranging from $50 to $100 or $10, depending how many motorcycles are in their registration.
The rules will be in place until March 2021.