Scrap V​.​A​.​T. on protective motorcycle gear

Scrap V​.​A​.​T. on protective motorcycle gear

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Currently,  motorcycle helmets are exempt from Value Added Tax (V.A.T.)  as they are classed as Personal Protective Equipement (P.P.E).

Other motorcycle gear, which is purely for personal protection, should benefit from the same exemption, which it currently doesn't.

It also needs to be V.A.T. exempt, so please sign this petition and urge others to do so.

Made from abrasive resistant materials like Kevlar or leather, and with CE approved body armour, it hugely reduces injury in an accident, minimising abrasion, laceration and bone/joint injury.

Injuries that can cause permanent injury, disability or death.

Making motorcycle protective gear V.A.T exempt would greatly reduce the cost of buying it for the user, with little or no financial impact to the government in lost revenue.

For example, a protective jacket currently costing £300, would cost £250 if V.A.T. exempt.

Any tax loss would be offset by the reduced cost to the NHS for treatment to injuries sustained in an accident.

Proper motorcycle gear is also designed to keep a rider warm and dry whilst travelling, with taped seams, snug fitting cuffs and collars, and advanced waterproofing. This means a rider is less likely to rush their journey, and concentrate better due to being comfortable, and therefore less likely to have an accident.

Riders who would benefit most would be commuters, and young people, who use motorcycles for cheap transport, and are less likely, or able to afford to buy proper motocycle gear.

The number of riders of this type are increasing.

If you buy personal protective equipement (PPE) such as work boots, you pay zero V.A.T.

Motorcycle clothing should be the same.

I write this a motorcycle rider of 40 years experience, and a worker in the motorcycle industry.

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