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finnish bike lobby defeats motorcyclist tax

The Finnish government’s proposal of a new tax on motorcycles was defeated last month after an intensive advocacy campaign by SMOTO (the Finnish Motorcyclists’ Association) and other motorcycle lobbyists.

Last autumn Finland’s ruling parties, the Centre Party, the National Coalition and The Finns, moved ahead with their aim to legislate a new annual tax on motorcycles on top of the taxes (car tax, fuel tax, insurance tax and value added tax) which motorcyclists already pay for. The proposed tax, a fixed sum of €150 (£130) per year, irrespective of the length of individual motorcycling seasons, was justified solely by the need to create new income sources for the state. A similar tax, which was also cancelled, was proposed on large boats.


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