The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says it supports initiatives presented by the 2 Wheel Action Group (TWAG) in its bid to improve conditions for motorcycle, scooter, and two-wheeled electric vehicle riders.
TWAG, which lists World 500cc Motorcycle Champion Wayne Gardner as an ambassador, is petitioning the Australian Government to reduce the cost of two-wheel commuting through:
- Lowering the cost of two-wheel registration and CTP ($50 – 50cc, $100 – LAMS, $200 – Open).
- Standardising registration and CTP Australia-wide.
- Allowing LA category vehicles to be ridden on a car licence Australia-wide
- Incentivising commuters to purchase electric-powered two-wheel transport through green fund rebates (as per current solar rebates) without stamp duty charges.
- Delivering national exemptions from motorway, bridge, and tunnel toll charges.
- Allowing parking to be free, including on the footpath (as long as public thoroughfares and walkways are not compromised or impaired).
Tony Weber, chief executive of the FCAI, said the chamber represented 16 motorcycle brands in the Australian market and the importance of the motorcycle as personal transport had grown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Motorcycles, scooters and electric two-wheelers are flexible, dynamic, and environmentally friendly vehicles which provide excellent personal distancing for commuters. In a period when many may be uncertain about taking public transport, two wheels provide the perfect solution,” said Weber.
“We support the aims of TWAG in petitioning government to introduce more convenient and more economical conditions for two-wheel riders,” added Weber.