National Forum of Motorcycle Groups

Media Release

4 October 2010

National Forum of Motorcycle Groups.

A meeting was held on 2 October 2010 in Petone, near Wellington to consider the concept of a national forum of motorcycling groups.

Ten national level motorcycling groups were represented and after discussion, it was agreed to develop a proposal to establish such a forum.

The proposed purpose of the forum will be to advocate for the interests of on-road motorcyclists, agree on common ground and establish good communication networks.

The proposal will be available to other motorcycling groups who may share the interests and concerns of those attending the meeting.

The groups represented at the meeting were: The Ulysses Club of New Zealand Inc.; Motorcycling New Zealand Inc. (MNZ), Women’s International Motorcycling Association New Zealand Division (WIMA), Motorcycle Action Group of New Zealand Inc. (MAG-NZ), BMW Owners Register Inc. of NZ (BMWOR), Buell Riders New Zealand, Gold Wing Road Riders Assn (GWRRA), New Zealand Gold Wing Riders (Inc.), New Zealand Classic Scooter Club; and Bikers Rights Organisation New Zealand (BRONZ) (Auckland) – all of whom will be consulting their respective memberships on the forum concept.

Interested groups are encouraged to contact the above for further information.

A further meeting will be convened in early 2011 to consider feedback and further action.

Ends

Government announces changes to improve safety

Government announces changes to improve safety

Motorcycle and moped safety – FAQs

“The motorcycle and moped safety proposals will require an amendment to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule. This Rule will be amended as part of the 2010/11 land transport rules programme.

The public will have a chance to have their say as part of the rules consultation process. It is expected that the public consultation on the motorcycle and moped safety proposals will occur before the end of the year.”

Moped vehicle licence fees as of July 2010

I obtained this information from NZTA by email and asked them to consider posting on the main NZTA site along with the fees for all the other vehicle types, which they are considering.

Current licence fees for mopeds licensed under usage 1 – Private Passenger.

Age Fuel Type 12 Month 6 Month
Less than 40 years Petrol $169.27 $88.41
Less than 40 years Non-petrol $207.38 $107.47
Over 40 years Petrol $102.02 $54.79
Over 40 years Non-petrol $146.48 $77.02

Motorcycle WOF manual

An issue has come up recently for people trying to get WOF’s – VTNZ insisting that the front brake must operate a rear brake light (as well as the rear brake operating the brake light).

Check section 4-10-2 to see the relevant section:

Mandatory and permitted equipment
1. A motorcycle first registered in New Zealand before 1 January 1978 may be fitted with one or two stop lamps.
2. A motorcycle first registered in New Zealand on or after 1 January 1978 must be fitted with one or two stop lamps.

This would seem to mean that you can just have one brake light, i.e.  operated by one brake.

NZTA WOF Manual

Lighting section of WOF Manual (PDF)

Government announces 2010/11 ACC levy rates

Link to Beehive announcement

“The Government has opted for more moderate motorcycle levy increases than ACC recommended. [from 1st July 2010] Mopeds 50cc and under will pay $129.24; motorbikes up to 600cc will pay $327.70; and bikes over 600cc will pay $426.92. As part of the motorcycle levy, $30 will now be committed to injury prevention modelled on the successful programme in Victoria, Australia. My message to motorcyclists is the escalating costs of motorcycle accidents cannot be ignored but ACC wants to work with you on improving safety.”

Note that these amounts are just the ACC levy portion of a motorcycle vehicle licence, not including the other fees charged by NZTA.

For the ACC levy portion of the Licencing fee charged by NZTA, there are now three categories (following are the petrol categories):
Category                                   Was:         Will be:
Mopeds (up to 49/50cc)       58.97       129.24
Motorcycles (50 to 600cc)  252.69     327.70
Motorcycles (600+cc)           252.69     426.92

(Vintage – over 40 years old  58.97         69.46)

“The Government does not believe that there are sufficient motorcycles in the 50-125cc range to justify a separate class, so has opted for a single class for motorcycles up to 600cc.” (extract from this document: Questions and Answers)

On top of these levies are the other fees charged by NZTA.

Listen here to Nick Smith giving the clear impression that car owners are all paying extra to save motorcyclists paying a lot more:  Link to Checkpoint MP3

ACC releases levy increase proposals

“Mopeds – which currently pay just $59 in ACC charges – will instead be classed with small motorcycles of 125 CC or less and pay $257.58 in license fees and petrol levies.”

From ACC website:

“Motorcycle levies

Within the motor vehicle levy changes (summarised in the above table) ACC is proposing major changes to motorcycle levies to take into account the fact that for several years, car drivers have been subsidising motorcycle and moped riders.

The new levies reflect the fact that motorcycle riders are 16 times more likely to be involved in a road crash than any other road users and are far more likely to be seriously injured. In 2008/09 ACC paid more than $62 million for motorcycle riders but collected only $12.3 million in levies from them.

Even with the significant proposed increases in the rates payable by motorcycle and moped drivers to redress this imbalance, car drivers will still continue to subsidise motorcycle and moped drivers by $77 a year for the 2010/2011 year.

‘The proposed legislative change to extend the full funding date to 2019 would reduce the effect of residual claims on motor vehicle levies by $100,’ said Mr Judge. ‘However, whether or not this translates into an equivalent reduction in those levies will depend on how best to fund the account fully over the next 10 years. This is something the Board must determine.’

The proposals also change the categories for mopeds and motorcycles, by grouping mopeds and motorcycles together and introducing three sub-classes for 0-125 cc, 126-600 cc and 601+ cc cycles.

Consultation

Mr Judge said the ACC Board’s final view on levy increases will be informed by consultation and it will then make appropriate recommendations for Government to consider and to make a final decision.

Further information, including consultation documents and actuarial reports relating to setting levy rates and the estimated outstanding claims liability, is available from http://www.acc.co.nz/consultation. Alternatively, call 0800 ACC RATES (0800 222 728) or send an email with your request to consultation@acc.co.nz.
Making a submission

ACC is encouraging New Zealanders and affected organisations to have their say.

Submissions must include:

Your name
Your address
Your contact phone number(s)

You can send your submission:
By post:
ACC
PO Box 242
Wellington 6140

By fax:(04) 918 4395

By email:consultation@acc.co.nz

ACC link

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, 10 November 2009