Carried on from big bikes on freeways…
[quote=“Sly”]總排汽量 牌照稅額（全年） 燃料稅(二年)
150cc $0 $900
151cc - 250cc $1,650 $1200
251cc - 500cc $2,200 $1800
501cc - 600cc $4,500 $2400
601cc - 1200cc $7,200 $3600
1201cc -1800cc $12,000 $3960
1801cc以上 $23,000 -----
indeed taxing on cc is very silly.[/quote]
Isn’t the plate fee the same as road tax in Taiwan? I mean that if one doesn’t pay the fee, I suppose that they ask for the licence plate? I really should be finding these things out.
Pollution tax? Well they are being rather silly then. I’m sure bikes are just the same as cars, in that when it comes to pollution, “The bigger the engine the pollution” is what many government leaders who have no knowlege of vehicles keep bleating on and on…Well that simply isn’t true. We should be taxed on pollution and so should the manufacturers, but engine size is no indicator of pollutant production. A great example would be a two stroke 50cc versus a 1,300cc four stroke motorcycle. I am fairly possitive that if the two were both in fine working order, then the 50cc would be pumping out far many more pollutants than the 1300cc four stroke, even at full throttle. I know two strokes are supposedly banned from production in Taiwan now, but hey! Aren’t there still thousands and thousands of them on the road? And aren’t they only putting out more smoke now than when they were produced those years ago? The whole pollution tax thing simply makes no sense. At least in Japan they have some sort of system that taxes older vehicles more heavily, although again, that doesn’t work properly either. You see the production of a new vehicle costs the earth a lot in the way of toxins and carbon emmissions through production, which is why the Toyota Prius is not neccesarily the most earth friendly vehicle as it uses far too many plastics, even though they may be largely recycled as well as paint, batteries, tyres, etc etc. An older vehicle doesn’t cost the earth much more after several years as when it was first produced, and so the service and repair of older vehicles should be more of a primary goal, than producing more of the same, but newer internal combustion cars. The only types of cars which may make up for their production costs in terms of earth pollutants over a lifetime of use may be fully electric cars, but again depending on their production techniques and usage of materials.
Anyway, the point I suppose I was trying to make brief in the first place was that tax on engine size is really, really silly and makes the government look like they have no idea of what they are doing. Does anyone think that they know that?