Wednesday, May 22, 2024


When the latest Motorcycle Industry Association press release praised the DfT’s new Transport Decarbonisation Plan, and its own role in a government-inspired strategic partnership with Zemo (formerly the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) to “stimulate and coordinate activity”, it failed to mention one particularly salient fact.

The National Motorcycle Council has cleared that up by highlighting a key feature of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan — that we have just 14 years left to enjoy the petrolhead era on new motorcycles.

“Although plans to end production of new internal-combustion-engined cars had already been proposed for 2030, this is the first time that specific proposals have been made for new motorcycle production. There will soon be a consultation on a phase-out date of 2035, or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible, for the sale of new non-zero emission powered two and three wheelers, and other L-category vehicles.

The Department for Transport evidently goes on to say: “Zero-emission motorcycles and other powered two-wheelers are an efficient and clean form of mobility that can reduce congestion, improve urban air quality and reduce noise. We will take forward measures to remove these emissions, including consulting on a date to end the sale of new non-zero-emission motorbikes, ensuring we support the development of new industrial opportunities for the UK… While cars and vans outnumber motorcycles on UK roads, motorcycles are an important and sizeable vehicle population, with 1.4 million licensed in 2020 and we do not want to see them remaining fossil-fuelled as the rest of the vehicle fleet cleans up.”

The plan also announces a further £582million for plug-in car, van. taxi and motorcycle grants to reduce the cost of zero-emission vehicles.

To review the full Transport Decarbonisation Plan follow the link below:


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