April 15 2008

The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) has expressed its great concern that the government's latest DfT paper - Towards a Sustainable Transport System - seems to have ignored the role of powered two wheelers (PTWs).

Towards a Sustainable Transport System (TSTS) sets out policy regarding five key goals: competitiveness and productivity; climate change; safety, security and health; quality of life; and equality of opportunity. The MCIA has responded with a detailed report that has been submitted to Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Transport.

The MCIA's response highlights the total absence of consideration of the valuable role that PTWs can play in achieving the goals of TSTS and comes just months after the MCIA had called for motorcycling to be taken seriously by government.

"The government has a motorcycling strategy that was broadly welcomed when it was published in 2005," said Craig Carey-Clinch, MCIA director of public affairs. "TSTS ignores that strategy, suggesting that government has only limited commitment to its own policy towards PTWs. If so, this is a matter of great concern to the motorcycle industry and the 1.5 million people who choose to use PTWs."

The MCIA acknowledges that TSTS offers a rare opportunity to look at some of the key issues underlining UK transport policy. The paper represents an evolution of government thinking which sets goals that aim to square the circle between transport, society and the economy, as well as the scientific and popular alarm over the role of CO2 in climate change.

Proper provision for PTWs in transport policy is part of the solution to congestion and climate change, which is why the MCIA demands that PTW use must be 'mainstreamed' as promised in the government's motorcycle strategy of 2005. Since then, progress on implementation has been sporadic at best.

In conclusion, the MCIA's response to TSTS demands:

• Fair and equal competition between and within transport modes

• Freedom of choice for users to select the most appropriate transport for their mobility needs
• Transport efficiency encouraging the most suitable and effective mode of transport for the circumstances

• Integration of PTWs in transport policy, especially in urban areas