MCIA calls for UK government to adopt EU proposal

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Published on 21 October 2020 by Mike Waters

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIAhas called on the Department for Transport (DfT) to adopt a proposal by the European Commission designed to help dealers manage the transition to the new Euro 5 emissions and safety standards.  

The new Euro 5 standards are coming into force in the new year and existing Euro 4 machines must be registered by that point under a so-called ‘derogation’ process. However, the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen many dealerships forced to suspend trading, which may prevent this from being possible and so place the dealers still holding Euro 4 stock at a significant disadvantage next year. 

As a result, the MCIA has called on the DfT to adopt Article 44A, a proposal that has already been approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to address this issue.  

statement on the MCIA’s website noted that: “By adopting Article 44A, the government would allow British PTW (powered two-wheeler) dealers more flexibility with registering their stock, helping to alleviate another pressure on their businesses in this most challenging of years. 

“Such a move would help UK dealers continue to support the increasing number of people who are turning to PTWs as an efficient, low and zero emission, congestion-busting, self-isolating, low-cost form of transport for commuting and leisure.  

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of switching to two wheels, please visit the MCIA’s ‘Unlock your freedom’ campaign here 
 
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Picture credit: The European Commission’s Berlaymont building in Brussels. By Guillaume Périgois (Unsplash)