Electric motorcycle subsidy confirmed at last

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Published on 14 October 2016 by Robert Drane

On October 13, the Department for Transport announced that it will provide £35 million to improve the uptake of ultra-low emissions vehicles. £3.75 million of this will be used in a scheme to encourage riders to purchase zero-emission motorcycles and scooters.

Each eligible motorcycle will be reduced in cost by either £1,500 or 20% (whichever is smaller). Riders will be able to find out which models are eligible for the subsidy once manufactures have successfully applied for the grant.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said:

“This opens the door to zero emission transport to people who have not been able to afford electric cars, which tended to have been a lifestyle choice.

“Motorcycles are exempt from congestion charges with ‘fuel’ costing the equivalent of a penny a mile and nothing to pay for vehicle tax, plus cheaper or free parking. Switching to an electric motorcycle or scooter could result in huge savings for the average commuter, or for businesses which operate fleet vehicles.”

The grant was initially announced in March 2015 and attracted much attention in June when the National Motorcycle Dealers Association questioned why it had yet to be implemented, voicing its concern in a letter to the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport.

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