BMF backs MCIA calls for electric motorcycles to be included in government subsidy
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is calling for the government to recognise the potential of electric motorcycles and ensure they are clearly listed as eligible for the latest round of government subsidy to stimulate the uptake of electric vehicles.
BMF's GRE Graeme Hay said: "The BMF is delighted to support this move by the MCIA. I have been saying for some time the electric scooters and motorcycles have so much to offer people wanting to get about cheaply and cleanly. The air quality in cities is again becoming a very important issue and these clean and silent machines are a key part of the solution. There is so much investment at the moment for cycling infrastructure and electrically propelled cars these days and the potential of the electric motorcycle has been overlooked up until now. Machines are inexpensive, require no modification to roads or footways, take very little space to park and are a joy to ride. I firmly believe that with a little help they will bring thousands of new riders into the world of motorcycling”.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) published a document at the end of April setting out the subsidy available for cars, but was not clear about whether motorcycles would be included.
The original proposals (read them here) pledged to commit at least £200 million in the period 2015-2020, aimed primarily at cars stating that: "The current £5,000 car grant incentive will remain in place…until 50,000 cars have been sold, or until 2017, whichever is the sooner."
£30 million has been put aside for ‘other’ vehicles, of which electric motorcycles and scooters could potentially be included.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, says this would help stimulate the electric motorcycle market and work towards reducing traffic congestion: “Up to now subsidy has excluded powered two wheelers and centred on four wheel vehicles. We are asking for a level playing field, in order to help develop this sector and to make sure the charging infrastructure is in place to support it. Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds also offer an additional opportunity to tackle congestion. Electric cars won’t help cut traffic jams, but research shows that motorcycles will."*
A decision regarding motorcycles will be made within a few weeks.
*Research from Europe shows that when just 10 per cent of car drivers swap to a motorcycle, scooter or moped, congestion is reduced by 40 per cent for all road users. When 25 per cent swap, congestion is eliminated altogether.