Industry calls for more time to phase out new non zero emission motorcycles

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has been fully supportive of the Government’s net zero ambitions, for example through the L-Category Action Plan. However, we are disappointed with today’s announcement to phase out all new non-zero emission motorcycles by 2035.

Making up just 0.5% of UK domestic transport emissions, this news is a missed opportunity to allow industry more time to adapt, and for technology to catch up. Our case to Government explained why this sector needs a different approach, in particular where our products are primarily used for sport and leisure activities.  

Commenting, Tony Campbell, Chief Executive of the MCIA, said:

“We recognise our environmental contribution will increase as other transport modes phase out and so support the decision to phase out L1 vehicles by 2030. However, we do not support the decision to include L3e-A1, which even with an ICE powertrain are significantly more environmentally efficient than some electric cars[1].

“The Government has not considered the complexities of the L-Category sector in terms of what is and isn’t feasible when it comes to phasing out the other key segments of the market.

“We put forward a compelling case in our Journey to a Brighter Destination document for the continued support of large capacity leisure motorcycling and why it needs to be treated as such in the consultation. Its minimal emissions, low mileage, important contributions to the economy, sport, tourism and mental health benefits are all reasons why a fairer, progressive and more bespoke approach is needed to phase out new non zero emission motorcycles.

“The MCIA and its members will be continuing to push the case for why large capacity motorcycles need more time to phase out and are looking forward to fully engaging with the consultation process to ensure the best outcome for industry”.


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Notes for Editors:

More detail on PTW registrations can be found at: here (lease credit MCIA when quoting this information).

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

Also known as L-Category vehicles, 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 MCIA, and Powered Light Vehicles, or to interview CEO Tony Campbell, please contact Alfie Brierley at or on 07590 168714.