In addition I have bike specific insurance with Velosure, plus through bikesa membership personal and 3rd party insurance. Which is more than a lot of motorists have for their own vehicles.
The trouble is that this isn't really a great argument - just because you register one car, doesn't mean you shouldn't have to register the second. I think a better argument is that most of the registration goes towards CTP insurance - but bikes don't have nearly the same ability to injure others as cars do. Couple that with policy considerations - cycling is healthy and environmentally friendly, and as such governments want to promote it, not create road blocks (pun intended) to newcomers.
I had 1 registered car. But then it died. Bikes are a little easier to fix than cars are though, so I'm currently motorless.
One car. The boss drives it most of the time.....I fly to work and my pub and cafe are within walking distance from my house.
I have both my bikes fully insured.
As an aside its not just car rego that gets spent on our roads. Local Councils do a fair bit of road maintenance around my area and you pay Council rates no matter what sort of mode of transport you employ.
Yes, the argument that cyclists should pay "rego" for their bikes is a complete fallacy when analysed properly. Road maintenance - not relevant. CTP - as Sam says, the ability for bikes to injure others is pretty low. There might be an argument that we should pay nominal CTP in the event that a cyclist injures a pedestrian or perhaps other riders.
I think the nub of the argument advanced by those who use it in defence of their attitude towards bike riders is based on "user pays". If there was a "user pays" system, I think every road should be called a toll road, and we don't have any of those in SA.
Two cars, one motorcycle and a trailer, all registered.
Two cars both registered and neither driven much. You should of course compare the weight of the car and the bike and scale the registrations fees as they are for car versus truck. That will me them a few dollars for a bike and not worth collecting. Alternatively charge registration by actual kilometres driven so that people who don't drive much like car owning cyclists are no longer subsidising road hogs.
Waste of time arguing with this kind of person. They want rights, not responsibilities. You could register every bicycle in Australia and they would still whinge about being held up. It is simply one of many excuses they trot out when their road dominance is threatened. Personally I think registration fees should be scrapped across the board, and fuel taxed to raise the funds needed for road maintenance and universal insurance. This would be a better way of paying for your share of road damage. And allow cyclists the luxury of having a car available for a rainy day.
PS I keep 2 cars registered in the family at all times, plus a couple of trailers. Just because I can. Mine gets used once or twice a week because of living in the hills.
I am against registering bicycles as it won't make any difference and it would be another revenue raiser for the government. Also are primary school students expected to register their bikes?
I agree fully! I say scrap the whole rego costs business and tax the fuel! An incentive to drive less.