Huge rise in motorcycle CTP

TWEED motorcyclists are bracing for the pain of third-party insurance increases from July 1.

Many green slip fees will rise by a dramatic 85.5 per cent.

Under new Motor Accident Authority of NSW classifications 250cc motorcycles, scooters and P-plate motorcyclists will attract fee-rises from $252 to $465.

Insurance for 660cc bikes will reduce by 30 per cent, or $190, from $663 to $465.

Tweed Heads Motorcycle Enthusiasts president Dave Baker said increases will force people to ride larger-engine machines they can’t handle.

“The whole point of scooters and 250s is they’re cheaper and emit less pollution,” Mr Baker said.

“I don’t know why they’re doing it, and I think there’ll be a bit of a backlash.”

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said increased green slip charges were another cash grab by the government.

“Many people have been using scooters as an affordable mode of transport,” Mr Provest said.

“Any increase in tax will have a negative effect.”

Mr Provest, a 250cc rider, said even with tax reductions on larger bikes, 80 per cent of motorcyclists will be out of pocket.

“I think they’ll be disappointed,” he said.

Bikes over 150cc will attract a 32 per cent rise, from $663 to $880.

Helen Henderson from Henderson Motorcycles South Tweed said green slip changes will not significantly affect sales.

“People just keep in mind whether they can handle a 250cc, let alone a larger bike,” Ms Henderson said.

“If they decide they really want a bike they’ll buy it.”

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