January 24th, 2023.

MCIA release:

Addressing the Motorcycle Industry Association’s (MCIA) annual conference in front of global manufacturers and senior industry representatives, Jesse Norman, the Minister for Transport Decarbonisation and Technology has this afternoon promised not to “risk a one size fits all approach” when phasing out motorcycles that need longer to transition.

Despite emphasising the importance of cutting carbon emissions as a “great driver of change” and promising a response to the phase out consultation on new non zero emission L-Category vehicles “in due course”, the Minster promised to continue listening to industry.

Recognising L-Category vehicles’ environmental, congestion, and air quality benefits, the Minister went on to acknowledge the diversity of L-Category vehicles, with each one offering something different to the public and the economy, whether “touring down to Truro on a high-powered motorcycle or nipping round the streets of Nuneaton on a moped”.

Commenting on the Speech, Tony Campbell, CEO of MCIA, said: “In this first of its kind MCIA annual conference, we’re delighted by the support shown by the Minister.

"The Association and industry at large have mademonumental strides in the last five years in getting our essential sector recognised as an instrumental form of transport, not only in helping realise the Government’s environmental ambitions, but its future of transport ambitions too. The conceiving and implementation of the joint Action Plan is a testament to the latter and our strong collaborative working relationship, both of which we will continue to deliver on in 2023.

"We remain committed to working with the Government to ensure the most appropriate and fair approach is taken to transitioning our vehicles to zero emissions and in a way that is proportionate to vehicle size and emissions and that does not negatively impact out sector.”
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