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12/05/2020

The MCIA have today urged everyone in the motorcycle industry to contact their local MP to assist in getting PTWs recognised as a serious transport mode for our time.

In the communication to MCIA members, the MCIA sights Grant Shapps’s briefing on Saturday, where PTWs were excluded from the transport modes he promoted as an alternative to public transport.

The MCIA say it is continuing its efforts to address this, but everyone’s support, in the form of an email to your local MP, could be effective and would be greatly appreciated.

Please share this with your staff for their use - Suggested text for your email is found below, while contact details for your MP can be found by filling in your postcode in the search box at this address:

https://members.parliament.uk/

Additionally, participants are encouraged to let the MCIA know if you have mailed your MP and also forward a copy of any replies, so that they can understand who has been contacted, their reaction and be able to target further work.

COPY FOR E-MAIL TO YOUR LOCAL MP

Dear Mr/Ms (INSERT YOUR MP’s SURNAME HERE)

I am writing to you as one of your constituents who is employed in the Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) industry.  The PTW industry collectively generates net annual sales in excess of £7billion, while employing around 50,000 people across approximately 5,700 businesses in the UK and I am requesting your assistance in getting PTWs recognised as a serious transport mode for our time.

PTWs, in the form of low and zero emission scooters and light motorcycles, are a clean and efficient transport mode that require little road space for travel or parking and which can meet the needs of a variety of commuters, while at the same time fulfilling their social distancing and environmental obligations.

In the current climate they are the perfect alternative for those who would usually use public transport, but for whom walking and cycling are not viable options.  Access to small PTWs is straightforward, with most requiring just the completion of a one-day training course, called CBT.

With so much going for them, it could be assumed that they would be heavily promoted by Government, as the country works towards easing lockdown, but unfortunately that is not the case.

In his briefing on Saturday, 9th May, the Secretary for State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP, when promoting alternatives for public transport, extolled the road congesting private car and fast-tracked the consultation on un-regulated e-scooters, but ignored PTWs, even though they are already the choice of more than a million road users, legal and regulated.

Consequently, I would very much appreciate your assistance in encouraging Government and others to promote PTWs as a valid alternative to public transport and beyond.

 

Yours faithfully