May Powered Two-Wheeler Registration Figures

May Powered Two-Wheeler Registration Figures

MCIA have today released the May registration figures for motorcycles, scooters, and other L-category vehicles. The month of May closed at 11.0% down against 2021, and if compared to May 2019 (pre-pandemic) May represented a market growth of 9.7%. The market Year to Date maintains strength with a positive 19.0% growth in volumes compared to 2021.

New vehicle registrations across other transport types also reported declines, with the car sector being 20.6% down and the van sector 25% down.

Smaller capacity scooter registrations remain buoyant, with a 20.4% year on year increase in volumes.  As we continue to see fuel prices rising almost daily, it is clear travellers are looking to lower cost alternatives be it small capacity ICE or fully electric.

The sales of larger capacity motorcycles primarily used for leisure ares also enjoying a fantastic 2022, even though the sector continues to face tough challenges on supply chain and product availability.

Tony Campbell, CEO of MCIA said, We are confident 2022 will be another year of growth for the sector. Powered Two Wheelers and other types of lighter smaller mobility solutions are becoming a more common sight on our roads. In addition to lower cost travel, the motorcycle leisure sector is also enjoying a buoyant period as we finally see the impacts of COVID behind us”.     

More details about May registration figures can be found here.

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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