ACC Levies vs. Bikers

By Ross Colebrooke, in , posted: 9-Nov-2009 22:12

If you need this is explained to you, then you should really get back in your cave, and carry on rubbing sticks together. But just in case this is just a quick summary for you, as I just want to make others aware of the ACC vs Motorcyclists debate.
  • ACC has proposed that they need to increase the amount of money they need to fund systems to help prevent injuries, and rehabilitate those with them.
  • ACC have unfunded liabilities of $24 billion.
  • Mopeds currently pay $59 per year, and ACC propose to include them in the new cc rating system. All motorcyclists currently pay $252.69
    0-125cc - $292.93 -
    126-600cc - $546.78
    601+ - 781.12
 
So what are the arguments for raising motorcyclist fees by so much?
ACC
  • $62 million was spent on caring for injured motorcyclists, while only $12.3 million was collected.
  • Under the proposed changes, other motor vehicle owners will be cross-subsidising motorcyclists for $77
  • From 2000-2008 the number of motorcycle casualties more than doubled to 1446

Bikers
  • If there is a shortfall of $50 million, and other motor vehicles will be subsidising motorcyclists by $77 each, then the shortfall would be more than covered. This is based on there being around 2.5million light vehicles only, 2.5million x $77 = $192million. Even if 1/3 of all people did not pay their registrations, there would still be approx $125 million.
  • From 2000-2008 the number of registered motorcycles quadrupled, therefore offsetting the increase in accidents.
  • As engine sizes are not recorded in the majority of accidents, and therefore not used for statistical purposes, creating a tiered levy system is unjustifiable.
  • Despite being a 'no fault' insurance system, The Chairman of ACC, stated that accidents caused by motorcyclists were the reason for increased motorcycle levies.
  • Research has indicated that in 67% of all motorcycle accidents, there are other vehicles involved. And 40% off all motorcycle accidents were caused by a non-motorcyclist.

I know that there is so much more information out there, and most of it is in favour of motorcyclists, as there are a lot of FACTS available to us, whereas ACC will not provide the data from which their claims are made.
 
To see where this information came from, and to find out more:
Bikers Rights Organisation of New Zealand
Bikers Against ACC Levies
ACC
Statement from Nick Smith
KiwiBiker
KiwiBiker wiki
Ministry of Transport



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Comment by Alex Gallie, on 9-Nov-2009 23:29

I own a bike and would like to voice my disapproval at the raising of the ACC levies on Motor bikes. It is the power to weight ratio and the riders age that should be taken into account when dealing with ACC levies. If the excuse is that bike riders are causing so much strain on the ACC system through accidents then why not slug the under 25's (cars or bikes) as these are the major causes of Accidents. the levy should not be linked to the registration of motor vehicles but to a tax levy at the end of the financial year linked to age and licences


Comment by Buttonmash, on 10-Nov-2009 07:00

ACC is a no fault system.  Nothing should be taken into account everyone should be treated equally.
Until you start charging other people for high risk past times such as Rugby, Mountain Biking etc, this is completely unjustifiable and hypocritical.


Comment by Paul, on 10-Nov-2009 17:13

I use to own a motorcycle in my younger days and had hoped to get back into riding in my midlife years :) However the latest proposed hikes in ACC has my a bit growly. In the cases where the driver of the car, truck, etc. is at fault, then it should be them that also covers the cost of the injuries sustained to the rider including a base weekly rate for the time they're off work, not just the cost for repairing their motorcycle. This would no doubt have the insurance companies up in arms at such a proposal. I would also expect a marked inprovement in everyone's driving if such a thing came in to effect. Buttonmash - I fully agree! Any high injury risk sport should have levies that are paid to ACC to ease the burden. Such levies should be paid by players to ACC before they're allowed to get on the field. Kind of like a sports health insurance. Put the above two steps in place and that'll help ACC immensely.


Comment by Paul, on 10-Nov-2009 17:13

I use to own a motorcycle in my younger days and had hoped to get back into riding in my midlife years :) However the latest proposed hikes in ACC has my a bit growly. In the cases where the driver of the car, truck, etc. is at fault, then it should be them that also covers the cost of the injuries sustained to the rider including a base weekly rate for the time they're off work, not just the cost for repairing their motorcycle. This would no doubt have the insurance companies up in arms at such a proposal. I would also expect a marked inprovement in everyone's driving if such a thing came in to effect. Buttonmash - I fully agree! Any high injury risk sport should have levies that are paid to ACC to ease the burden. Such levies should be paid by players to ACC before they're allowed to get on the field. Kind of like a sports health insurance. Put the above two steps in place and that'll help ACC immensely.


Comment by psychrn, on 12-Nov-2009 01:45

Im a Ulysses Member.
Have participated in a recent Hamilton Rally and there is soon to be a ride to Wellington.
Have a look at the ACC website were you can submit sumissions.
We all need to get into some action !!
Ouch my bike is over 600 cc


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