Mark: Just to through a bit more petrol on the topic .. albeit slightly off topic from the original gripe about cyclists choosing which laws to follow .. ACC figures for cyclists are out, last year a shade over $35.7million worth of claims were are for cycling related injuries ... amount of cyclist related ACC income ... $0 ... wonderfully fair system :-(
You can wander over to the Dominion Post for a read.
So either ACC needs to find a way to fairly get cyclists contributing, or ACC needs to be scrapped and replaced with personal insurance/income protection .. or something else ?
Now go back and read that article again
Of the 35million only 11million were road cyclists and motor vehicle related. The rest being mountain bikes and recreational.
While 11 million is still a lot of money, in an accident between a car and bike the stats say that cyclists are at fault only 23% of the time which equates to about 2.5 million. Most recreational activities ACC costs are covered out of general taxes
If you did want to recover some of the ACC money from bikes a registration wouldn't work, as mountain bikes and tricycles would escape, so how about a fixed fee on purchase?
But to make it fair other sports should pay too. we could add a fee to rugby balls to cover the 56 million Acc paid out.
A fee on
soccer balls to cover the 23 million,
Netballs to cover 19 million
Skies and snowboards 18 million
Rugby league balls to cover 14 million
Dogs 2.4 million
Trampolines 2 million
After all unless the money is recovered directly from each activity ACC become useless right?