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    by Published on 19th April 2011 10:03
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    Support the three strikes demonstration ride
    Thursday 5th May 12 noon

    The government has struck out at us three times now. We will not tolerate this any longer, and it is time we showed them!

    What they have done:

    1) Used bikers as a smokescreen to mask the introduction of risk based levies, and massive levy increases.
    2) Attempted to justify the hike with misleading statistics and unjustified financial model changes.
    3) Ramped up roadside 'safety' checks - in reality poorly disguised rego and WOF checks - and now the introduction of demerits for unlicensed vehicles.
    What they deliberately overlook:


    They tout the risk based system as being fairer for everyone, by arbitrarily creating different road user groups and charging based on the likely treatment cost. Well many of us own multiple vehicles, so appear in those groups and pay more than once. How is it fair we pay multiple levies yet are only eligible for a single treatment? How can they justify a minimum three month on hold period, when that makes it so expensive to be law abiding with infrequently ridden bikes? And to assume all drivers in each class have the same level of risk is at the very least idiotic, if not irresponsible; with the implication that safer vehicles are more important than safer drivers. The myriad of different variables needed to create a truly fair risk based system would create massive administrative overheads to process. This is a system that is not required, not wanted and moves ACC yet further away from the Woodhouse principles towards private insurance.


    What we demand they do:

    1) Remove the vehicle-based levies, to be replaced with a fuel-based levy collection system as a first step, ultimately returning to the Woodhouse Principles.
    2) The minimum on-hold period of three months to be removed.
    3) All political parties make their stance known about ACC: whether they are in favour of the no-fault Woodhouse system, if they agree with the move to full future funding, where they stand on risk-based levies and if they would agree to private insurers in the system.


    What can you do?

    Support the three strikes demonstration ride; this will take place on Thursday 5th May 12 noon. The idea is that you meet up with other protesters, ride together to the local ACC offices, then ride to the National party offices (because we all know who is really behind this crap). At both locations you will arrange yourselves to present a smokescreen of motorcycles: we’ll let them see us and hear us! There will be a letter to noisily deliver to each location stating our grievances and demands. Meeting points to be announced when finalised.

    Currently we have ride coordinators for Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga if you would like to organise one in your region let us know!
    by Published on 11th December 2010 15:56

    Date: Sunday, December 19th 2010
    Venue: Cyclespot Honda, Barrys Point Rd, Takapuna
    Time: 10am


    Following on from the success of last years event

    We will also be handing over toys to....

    *HEART KIDS*

    BRING A TOY.


    Itinerary: Meet at Cyclespot Honda from 10am onwards.

    Ride through Auckland City will leave Cyclespot at 11am (toys to come with us, toys must be sealed in a plastic bag)

    Once back at Cyclespot approx 30- 40 mins later, toys to be handed over to a Heart Kids Representative.

    Thank you speeches to follow.

    B-B-Q will be in full swing.

    MP's that support the levy increase get a lump of coal and MP's that dont support the increase get an Orange.
    Oranges and Coal to handed out along with MP's address's.


    Ride Route: Over the Bridge/Shelly Beach Rd/Jervois Rd/Ponsonby Rd/K Rd/Queen St/Customs St/Fanshawe St/Over the Bridge back to Cyclespot.
    Remember: TOYS TO BE SEALED/TIED IN A PLASTIC BAG.