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MAG FIGHTS LONDON EMISSIONS ZONE CHARGES

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has responded to Transport for London’s threat of a daily £12.50 charge for powered two-wheelers in its new ultra-low emissions zone by arguing for a continued exemption.

Underlining determination to win such an exemption, MAG chairperson Selina Lavender said: “The charging proposal is part of a package to reduce emissions, even though a shift towards motorbikes reduces emissions. We’ve made a comprehensive submission to explain why it’s utterly counter-productive to tax part of the solution, namely powered two-wheelers.” 

MAG included the following points in its submission:

  • Commuters on bikes are virtually zero NOx emissions producers – and far ahead of buses. That’s why an exemption for bikes is right, because car drivers who shift to motorcycles and scooters reduce overall emissions due to the tiny emissions footprint of a bike.
  • Research shows if 10% of motorists moved to motorcycles for their daily commute there would be a 40% reduction in congestion. Air pollution is a feature of congestion. That means motorcycles help achieve air quality targets, so charging them makes no sense.
  • The government admits in its May 2017 air pollution report that motorcycles and mopeds only represent a small proportion of total NOx emissions so it is not expected that they will be included in the access restrictions for the majority of zones.

Fighting the corner of an estimated 200,000 regular commuters on motorcycles, scooters and mopeds in the London charging zone – all of them bike trade customers – MAG says it is seeking to ensure that bikers are not penalised while other vehicles such as electric cars, which make no contribution to reducing congestion and therefore emissions caused by traffic jams, are exempt.

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