MCIA calls for bike dealer ‘essential’ status
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has called on the government to recognise motorcycle dealerships as essential businesses amid the new COVID-19 lockdown.
In a statement on its website, the MCIA noted that: “Bicycle shops are rightly deemed essential to support those for whom cycling is a viable commuting option. However, the recent boom in registrations of commuter PTWs (powered two-wheelers), where post-Spring lockdown demand has seen year-to-date sales outstrip 2019, shows that, for many, their commute is beyond pedal-power.
“For those with longer commutes or who work anti-social hours, a small capacity or electric PTW provides cost-effective, congestion-busting, easy-to-park, isolated travel that is easy to access and enjoyable to use. It is therefore paramount that those selling and maintaining these vehicles are granted essential business status to keep a large number of Britons mobile during this difficult period.”