Wow, every year? Sorry about your luck.
Over here we just need a mechanical fitness certificate when a bike is resold. It's about the same price.
Older autos in Southern Ontario need a emissions test every few years but up here in Northern Ontario they don't bother us with that (due to a lack of approved facilities in some remote areas, I suppose) so we can drive our clunkers until they fall apart.
Hey pashda, I was in Leeds way back in 1977, IIRC, when my high-school band played in a music festival in Harrogate (Harrowgate?). The bus we chartered was from a company with the amusing name of "Heaps of Leeds" or something like that.