This letter is what is on the MRAA webfright that they are asking people to sign and send to the listed pollies. I'd like some thoughts and feedback on this letter. Cheers Code: The Honourable Steve Bracks MP The Honourable Peter Batchelor MP The Honourable John Lenders MLC Dear Sirs Once again you have promised much to me as a motorcyclist and replaced it with deception. Now you have extended the $50 Tax on motorcycle riders despite an almost complete rejection of it by VMAC members. Stating that the $50 TAX is responsible for the reduction in the riders road toll cannot be substantiated by any reading of the statistics and will be proven a fallacy in court. The Minister responsible for the TAC further added insult to injury when he stated that motorcyclists supported this tax. In truth - all but one member of the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council opposed it. As motorcyclists, we are writing to you to encourage you to save yourself from public embarrassment when the truth comes out. Some of the facts we will be using against you include: * In 2001 35-37% of motorcycle fatalities were unlicensed to ride motorcycles. In 2003 38% of motorcycle hospitalisations were as a result of off road or track accidents. These people do not pay the $50 TAX. * When dual vehicle motorcycle accidents occur, the other vehicle (mostly cars) are at fault ~70% of the time (Swann Insurance, 2004). So why are they not paying ? * Bicycle riders are far more vulnerable in an accident (for example, the Australian woman's team in Europe recently) and are known to be far less respectful of road rules,yet they are handed millions of dollars by yourselves and not asked to pay anything in return. Not even a registration fee. Any equitable intervention in road safety is a joint responsibility of all road users. If there are going to be additional taxes paid by voters based on reasoning that cannot be substantiated by statistics, then at the very least the costs should be shared as indeed should the benefits. If you are going to keep going with taxing the victims, then you had better apply taxes to car drivers, trucks, and bicyclists as well. Looking at expenditure of the last 3 years of our $50 TAX we have seen improvements on the Great Ocean Road and treatment of a number of "motorcycle blackspots". All these treatments benefited both car drivers and motorcyclists alike, yet were paid for by one group, the motorcyclists. Truth to tell, these blackspots were created by the negligence of the engineers who failed to consider motorcyclists in the first place - now we are expected to pay because VicRoads failed in its duty of care. This is a discriminatory TAX targeted at a minority and no other road user group is subject to such a tax. You are taxing the victims and in a no-fault system you are attributing fault (and cost) only to the motorcyclist without giving them any right of reply! There is a growing belief among motorcyclists that there is a concerted effort to remove them from the roads. As a form of transport which both alleviates the congestion, and is far more environmentally friendly, there should be positive encouragement of motorcycles and scooters. From the motorcyclists perspective, this extension of the TAX can be seen to be nothing more than a cynical and greedy move to gouge money out of a minority to pay for services which should have been provided in the first place. Your Government has already turned all motorcyclists into potential crash test dummies to do your Wire Rope Barrier testing because you refused to do it, knowing that the results will horrify voters. Now you are now extending the TAX a motorcyclist has to pay for the privilege of being injured by other drivers who are ill trained and disregard the safety of others every day.