Have Government electric motorcycle grants been forgotten?
In March 2015, the government announced a scheme of up to £7.5 million to boost uptake of electric 2-wheelers, making them comparable in cost to petrol vehicles. This month, the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) announced its concern that the subsidy has yet to occur and that it therefore may be impacting on motorcycle sales instead of improving them.
Has the scheme been forgotten? The original press release suggested funding could have been available by summer 2015 as part of a £500 million programme from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to increase environmentally friendly transport.
For riders, the intention was to reduce the cost of electric motorcycles by up to £1,500.
However, Stephen Latham, head of the NMDA, said “Following the announcement over a year ago, we are alarmed that the grant has still not been put in place for consumers and thus, dealers and the industry.
“We are not aware if the promised grant has been revoked under the new government and to-date there has been no further mention in action towards implementing it.
“This is now impacting on the electric motorcycle market and is discouraging would-be buyers from purchasing vehicles in wait of the grant. This has created both financial implications for businesses and consumers.”
The NMDA has written to Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, about their concerns of the issue.
The NMDA has today announced that they have received a response on the issue.
Stephen Latham, head of the NMDA, said “The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has now responded to our letter stating that they are continuing to work with stakeholders on the details of the scheme and will make further announcements in due course.
“The NMDA will continue to monitor this closely.”
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