May L-Category (Scooters, Motorcycles & other light vehicles) Registration Statistics

May L-Category (Scooters, Motorcycles & other light vehicles) Registration Statistics

MCIA has today published the market data for May 2024, for new motorcycle, scooter, and other L-Category vehicles.
The May market closed at a positive 2.6% ahead of 2023. Strong performances were seen in a number of style sectors including, modern classic, adventure and road sports (+50.1%, +18.0% and 7.0% respectively).

For the full year to date, the market is tracking ahead of last year by 0.7%, which includes growth in both electric and internal combustion engine powertrains at +0.6% and +1.4% respectively. Smaller capacity motorcycles (51cc – 500cc) having the highest performance by capacity for May, showing an impressive 11.9% up.

The Government this week released its road safety figures for 2023 where the reduction in motorcycle road casualties dropped by an impressive 12%. You can see the full report here. Coinciding with this, National Motorcycle Safety Week is running all this week, shining a spotlight on motorcycle safety whilst giving helpful advice, tips, and guidance to improve riding skills, which includes signposting to the MCIAs Elite Rider Hub.

Tony Campbell, CEO of MCIA, said: “It is very encouraging to see the market continue to perform strongly in spite of not having a particularly good Spring. Furthermore it's encouraging to see the significant drop in casualties for our sector, where we will continue to push Government to make roads safer for the riding community. Finally, as we watch with interest the election campaign, MCIA published its Manifesto which calls on the new Government to not only pick up on the good work done so far, but also to amplify the focus and energy on driving this sector forwards. More information can be found here.

The next Government have the unparalleled opportunity to positively address the need for our sector’s involvement in future transport plans and to enable the acceleration to net zero.”

More details on the May registration figures can be found here.

Please credit MCIA when quoting this information.

Notes for Editors:

MCIA is the body that represents the UK L-Category vehicle industry. L-Category vehicles can be defined as motorised lightweight scooters, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles, typically with zero or low-emission power.  

Within regulation they are defined as ‘L-Category’ vehicles (Regulation 168/2013) and are a great solution to the congestion and air quality challenges we all face. They are also sometimes referred to as powered light vehicles (PLV).

For more information about the work of MCIA and L-Category vehicles, or to interview MCIA’s CEO, Tony Campbell, please contact Gina Evans.