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Post by MIKE L on Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:13 pm

Being as the National Trust  are supposed to be a green organisation I enquired about taking my scooter to Studland bay instead of the motor home.
They said it was £9.00, the same as a car. For another £1.00 i will take the van, cook lunch in it and save the cost of eating in the cafe. I can't believe they can't provide spaces for motorcycles, I don't mind paying but that is ridiculous.
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Post by nuevoboy on Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:45 pm

We cycled to a NT place a few years ago and walked around the park, which is open free to the public.
We then enquired about going in to the house to buy lunch.
The receptionist at the car park said we would have to pay to go into the house and that she would charge us extra as we hadn't paid to use the car park!
Needless to say, we cycled off and spent a goodly amount on a fantastic lunch in the nearby town.
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Post by RogerThat on Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:33 am

Don't get me started...

I have to pay £91 quid road tax on my motorbike yet my neighbours hybrid car that has four wheels and weighs TEN TIMES as much goes on the roads for FREE?!

What the....?!  sensored1

When did we allow this to happen?!
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Post by bikeralw on Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:56 am

We once stayed at a B&B a mile or so from The Eden Project in Cornwall and walked there. We told the staff at the ticket office this and got a vast reduction on the entrance price. Result!
Regarding motorbike tax, one of my bikes  has the emission value published in the handbook, it's low enough to be free if it was a car, but like you, I have to pay £91 a year.
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Post by rogerblack on Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:56 am

I can't remember when it changed from being officially called "Road Tax" or "Road Fund Licence" to "Vehicle Tax" or technically "Vehicle Excise Duty" but I think they gave up all pretence of the income being linked to rod maintenance a long time ago. 

Nowadays it's more aligned to pollution from emissions, although they keep changing the goalposts around that.  I pay more for my 2005 1.9 Vectra than I do for my 2002 2.8 Pollensa although the latter is bigger and heavier.

Taxes frequently defy all normal rules of logic, apart from the fact that they are as sure as death!

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Post by Askit on Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:49 pm

Not sure if it can be called greedy, I'll let you be the judge. The cricket club in Kendal charges £1.50 for cars to park all day. If you want to park a motorhome though, it's £5  Whistle1

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Post by AndyRoyd on Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:54 pm

I am a member of the NT (have been since I was 21)I support what they do so I get free parking in all of their sites as well as free admission to their properties, three or four visits a year and the membership is paid for.
Their parking charges are good value for the areas they are in, council parking is cheaper but usually have a less visually outlook.

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Post by groundhog on Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:23 pm

The NT charges the same for a motorhome as a car in our local car parks, can't complain at that. up!
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Post by MIKE L on Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:12 pm

I e mailed the NT and still had no reply. I also asked them where I could securely display my ticket. We are going to get membership anyway, but would still have the display problem.
In Seahouses council car park scooter are 1 pound per day in marked bays, that is more like it.
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Post by Greyhound on Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:11 pm

The beauty of having a bike is the fact you can park 'off piste'.

No point going into a paid car park, just put it somewhere out of the way outside of the private land so they can't touch you.

Looking on Google maps there's a good spot just outside the Studland NT car park where there's a nice area to separate the traffic with big boulders, I would have parked alongside one of those and away you go.  As long as you're not being a nuisance no-one even notices half the time.
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