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Topic - VAT on avalanche kit

marmot hunter - on 20 Jan 2013
I want to start a campaign to ask HM Government to remove VAT on avalanche safety equipment. Everyone going into the mountains in winter needs to take a probe (30), shovel (40) and transceiver (250) to be safe.
The VAT on these items is about 64, they are almost never used and can be lifesavers. without them quick rescue (<15 minutes) is almost impossible.
Tragic events in Glencoe reflect just how dangerous the winter mountains can be for even experienced people.
VAT was removed from cycling helmets a number of years ago now it is time to improve the chances of people venturing out into the snowy mountains.
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