TWICE? Are you kidding me? That's unacceptable!!! As a taxpayer who has never used an ambulance, I'm outraged!No, thanks for subsidising my use twice (OK caused by drivers hitting me).
The idea of schemes such as this are to stimulate economic recovery. In your case it will just amount to a free bung, as you say you normally pay the LBS anyway, so the net positive economic result will be bugger all. All you are intending to do is use taxpayer money to pay a bill you would have ordinarily paid using your own money anyway.I usually pay the LBS but why shouldn’t I take advantage of the scheme?
Except they've mostly got nothing bike wise to sell. They may make some money on parts thoughI guess some retailers will say the bikes are beyond repair and sell the customer a new bike on the never never. With VAT at 20% the treasury will get a few quid back.
must admit I do fear that the money will get misdirected to a fair extent - may have been better to push it to the various social volunteer schemes/bike reclamation schemes Dr Bike etc that help folk to sort their bikes. Many of the bikes that have been left standing, unless outside will probably have little wrong with them - wonky gears and brakes etc, pinctures even, and a lack of lube in certain areas that seem crippling to their owners but can easily be fixedLet me tell you - it will be abused. Human nature and greed being what it is. A bike shop could have the voucher at £50 from you and exchange it for say £25 cash. Or inflate the bill and give you some back. Or let you use it towards a purchase - all manner of things. How and if is it going to be policed ?
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