Westminster Hall Debate on Motorcycling

Westminster Hall Debate on Motorcycling

Yesterday evening a Westminster Hall Debate took place on Government Support for Motorcycling. You can rewatch the debate here or read the Hansard transcript here.

MCIA were actively involved in encouraging MPs to attend and speak about our issues, as well as receiving a briefing from us on what these were. This included briefing the Minister, Trudy Harrison MP, and Shadow Green Transport Minister, Kerry McCarthy MP.

Overall the debate was positive and it was encouraging to hear both the Minister and Shadow Minister speak so positively about the L-Category sector and its associated benefits for congestion, clean air and the future of our cities’ transport ecosystems.

In particular, having worked hard to put MCIA on the Minister’s agenda over the last few months, her name checking MCIA, the Action Plan we are conceiving with Zemo Partnership and Motorcycle Live (which she hopes to be able to attend and launch the Plan herself), was hugely positive for the industry.

On the phase out date for new non-zero-emission L-Category Vehicles, the Minister recognised our sector encompasses a wide range of vehicle types and uses and advocated the most appropriate regulatory solution for each one—it will not be one size fits all, she said. She went on to explain any proposed phase out dates for the sale of new non-zero-emission L-Category vehicles will reflect both on what is needed to hit net zero by 2050, and on the technology currently available in the sector.

Lastly, there were comments from members about anti-tampering as part of the new future of mobility regulatory review and the implications this might have for the aftermarket. We will be sharing our initial thoughts on the consultation and next steps on member engagement on Monday.

Our Policy and Public Affairs team continues to ensure member interests are represented at the highest level and will be updating you all as and when things progress throughout the next few months on these critically important policy developments.