February 26 2010.

MCIA release:

The House of Commons heard Gordon Brown announce yesterday, "It is important that we have a strong motorcycling industry in this country".

As an industry that directly employs 62,000 people and contributes significant gross added value of £2.7 billion, the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) says it is delighted to hear this public support from the Prime Minister.

During Prime Minister's Questions Mr Brown was quizzed by the Conservative MP for St Albans Anne Main. She asked him specifically about the issue of motorcycle testing, which has been fundamentally changed since the introduction of European legislation in October 2008.

Anne Main highlighted to Mr Brown the drastic effects the last piece of European legislation has had on the industry since the changes came into effect. Main revealed that there has been a 62% decline in the number of tests taken since the introduction of the multi-purpose test centres which saw the number of bike test centers drop massively from over 200 to around 60.

Mr Brown commented on the importance of ensuring that the specific questions raised by Anne Main MP on tests be answered and assured the House that the Transport Minister would look at the reported figures.

The MCIA looks forward to hearing the further responses on this issue and its political lobbying team will continue to work diligently for the benefit of the whole UK motorcycle industry. With a further piece of European legislation due to be implemented in 2013 it is vital that the motorcycle industry as a whole unites with one voice to work with the Government to help ensure smooth implementation of the Directive and to minimize any possible negative outcomes for the UK.

Steve Kenward, the MCIAs CEO said. " The MCIA is pleased to hear the motorcycle industry is getting its much needed recognition from the highest quarters. We work tirelessly with Government to create an environment in which motorcycling can flourish and welcomes the Prime Minister's support.

" The MCIA's political lobbying is fundamentally important to its activities and it hopes this positive announcement will pave the way for greater Government support and understanding of the critical issues that we need to manage to ensure the growth and sustainability of this financially important industry"