Lockdown and a 2020 hangover continue to limit PTW potential
As anticipated, registrations of new Powered Two Wheelers (PTW) during February were below those recorded twelve months ago.
A combination of lockdown preventing retail outlets from trading conventionally and the residual effects of products previously registered as part of the Euro 4 to Euro 5 have kept the lid on the market. The Government’s illogical decision not to temporarily extend the expiring CBT riding permits held my many commuter and delivery riders, during a period when lockdown makes CBT renewals impossible, added further market pressure. It is regrettable that although it was possible to extend expiring MoTs last year, it is now not possible to allow riders to continue to use their PTWs via a similar extension, thereby denying some their livelihood. MCIA continues to lobby Government to correct this situation ahead of the planned easing of lockdown.
The total February PTW market ended at 2,868 units, down 37.7% on February last year. Within this figure, motorcycles stood at 1,781 (45.3% down) and scooters at 1,087 (19.7% down).
However, bucking the new year trend, electrically powered scooters and motorcycles continued the growth seen in previous months, ending February an astonishing 150% up on last year.
MCIA remains convinced that registrations of new PTWs will strengthen as the year progresses, as they remain the answer for those seeking congestion-busting, environmentally friendly, go-when-you-please commuting or, when permitted, the well-being enhancing effects of leisure riding.
If the idea of the many benefits of riding a PTW appeals to you, please visit www.unlockyourfreedom.co.uk, to find out more about getting onto powered two wheels, including how to access the straightforward Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course, which is all that is required to ride a PTW of up to 11Kw or 125cc.
More details about February’s PTW registrations can be found below.
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