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Gentlemen: Start your scooters

June 30, 2009

scooterRocky notes that Legendary Physicist Stephen Hawking reportedly is “up in arms” over a new EU tax on scooters for the disabled.

The new 10% import tax (perhaps to protect the burgeoning domestic scooter industry) was devised by a little known sub-bureaucracy (the “World Customs Organization.”) The WCO places scooters in the same tax classification as Formula 1 race cars.

Previously, the UK exempted equipment for disabled people from tax.

The USA fortunately rejected the World Customs Organization’s absurd analysis — which means that handicappers at the next Indy 500 can expect that race to proceed at Formula 1 speed, and not at the pace of a motorized scooter.

For the full story, click [here].

  1. Sam
    July 1, 2009 at 11:52 am

    For some reason this post made me think of a sport similar to Roller Derby only with the above mentioned motorized scooters and slightly older participants. How come I haven’t seen this sport yet?

  2. masteroftheuniverse
    July 1, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Here is a good drag race..


  3. July 1, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Jeff: That’s too funny. (But the photographer confused his “spell checker” with his “checkered flag.”)

  4. Sam
    July 1, 2009 at 4:05 pm


  5. hesaidandshesaid
    July 2, 2009 at 8:20 am

    The crux of the WCO argument in support of this tax is that people who aren’t disabled can use the scooters which is a pretty weak point. Technically there is a lot of equipment out these designed for disabled people that those of us who aren’t could be using if we so desired. How many people who aren’t disabled do you see or know using a scooter?

  6. July 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Good points. Rocky hasn’t seen any non-disabled folks riding scooters, but he has seen the occasional healthy person parked in a “handicapped only” parking spot.

  7. masteroftheuniverse
    July 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm


    Could we do this at your go-cart track?

    I will be in CT next week and would like to hook up, but still want to do Bouley with you and your absolutely lovely wife.


  8. allocator
    July 10, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I don’t know – with advertising and decals, motor oil sponsorships, and the syndication of “scooter-cam” feeds, you might be able to make up this little tax and then some. Throw in a few spectacular crashes (perhaps a little more dramatic than just tipping over and falling out onto the sidewalk), and you could have a nice little gig going here. 🙂


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