December and 2022 Full Year Registrations Figures for Scooters, Motorcycles and Light 3 and 4 Wheel Powered Light Vehicles (L-Category sector)

December and 2022 Full Year Registrations Figures for Scooters, Motorcycles and Light 3 and 4 Wheel Powered Light Vehicles (L-Category sector)

The Motorcycle and Scooter market continues to show growth during 2022, closing the year at 1.9% ahead of 2021. Whilst 1.9% does not seem much, when compared to the last “normal year” (2019), the market is over 8% up which demonstrates not just the strength of the sector during the uncertainty of the pandemic, tough economic climate but also the growing importance and key role the sector will play as the transport ecosystem evolves.

Looking ahead to 2023, we expect the market to remain strong as the relevance of our sector becomes more apparent to customers and users that have not considered this transport mode previously. We expect demand for leisure products to remain high, we see increasing numbers looking to 2,3 and light 4 wheels as a real-world alternative to the traditional car.

Freedom of choice, versatility of movement, environmentally efficient and relative low cost of travel are quickly becoming the main driving forces that are influencing the market. Whilst motorcycling for leisure continues to be attractive, growth is coming from new users on a wider range of products. As we see the lowered powered segments moving to battery electric, manufacturers are looking toward new innovation, fuels and power trains, the L-category segment will play a pivotal role in decarbonisation and congestion.

For a more detailed view of the market segments, please refer to the full market report that can be found here.

Tony Campbell, CEO of MCIA said, “2022 has proven to be another great year for the industry, MCIA will continue to work closely with the UK Government on delivering the action plan launched early in 2022, which includes the licence review that is one of the ten key actions agreed with Government in the action plan. 2023 will be another encouraging year for the sector where we are expecting further growth on what was already a good year in 2022 which will see further expansion of battery electric products and other new technologies to the market”. 

Please find useful links to:
December & 2022 Registration report:
The joint Government / Sector action plan:
The Life Cycle Analysis study:

Please credit MCIA when quoting this information.

Notes for Editors:

The MCIA is the body that represents the UK Powered Light Vehicle (PLV) industry. PLVs can be defined as motorised lightweight scooters, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles, typically with zero or low-emission power.  

Within regulation they are defined L-Category vehicles (Regulation 168/2013), they are an answer to the traffic congestion and air quality challenges created by personal and goods transportation. 

For more information about the work of the MCIA and Powered Light Vehicles, or to interview MCIA CEO, Tony Campbell, please contact Gina Evans at