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Motorcycle dealers are distressed about the lack of financial support to improve the sales of clean-green electric powered motorcycles (e-PTWs), whereas the Government supports the acquisition of new electric cars and light vans in form of a subsidy of £500.
Stephen Latham, Head of Motorcycle Division, comments: “This disparity has given rise to the feeling from the motorcycle industry of being in a neglected position from the people in power, that are ought to be an important voice in finding solutions for road congestion issues and the reduction of road traffic pollution.
NMDA and the MCIA associations reacted immediately by calling OLEV, the Governments’ Office for Low Emission Vehicles’, for a meeting to address the issue with regard to the motorcycle divisions needs and viability. As it appears, the Governments has a £31 million fund to support zero emission vehicles, aside from cars, vans and buses and a massive £500 million to promote and support the reduction of pollutants.
Latham continues: ”Because of the NMDAs sister organisation NFDA, which represents the National Franchised Car Dealership, our association is highly informed about the function and operation of e-car systems and its success for car dealers and manufacturers by the reduction of up to £5000 on the prices of vehicles. We have suggested a subvention for E-motorcycles working on the same basis. That means a support of 20% of the retail price with a maximum subsidy of £1500 or £2000.
The MCIA has discussed with OLEV in detail the essential criteria of what constitutes e-PTWs and electric motorcycles. One of them is the new tricycle style (L5e 2×1), as it becomes more popular and requested as an alternative choice to a vehicle for car drivers. Further criteria are battery longevity as well as range and minimum road speed.
As an overall result of the meeting between NMDA and OLEV, both bodies agreed to a supporting programme that could be established and obtain legal force to 2020 until the allocated funds are used and approximately 5000 e-PTWs are sold and registered.
The NMDA will continue to lobby for this support and inform members as progress is progressed.