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motorcycle registrations buck the trend

In a year that has seen turbulence across several retail sectors, the Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) market bucked the trend by finishing 2018 slightly ahead of 2017, writes the MCIA, which says the slight increase resulted from “more people taking advantage of motorcycles and scooters to beat congestion on their daily commute, improve air quality and enjoy their journeys”.

The strongest growth was seen in the 51-500cc segments. The MCIA attributes this to the machines’ space efficiency, zero and low-emissions, and their ideal suitability for medium-distance commuting and congestion-busting local deliveries.

The industry body believes that increased consideration of PTWs and other Powered Light Vehicles within government transport and road planning would tempt many drivers away from their single-occupancy cars, especially where walking, cycling and public transport are not viable alternatives.

The overall PTW market topped-out at 105,816 registrations – compared with 105,466 in the 12 months to December 2017, an increase of 350 – made up of 81,263 motorcycles and 24,553 scooters.

The full MCIA statistics for 2018.


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