May 13th, 2020.

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is asking everyone involved in the motorcycle industry to contact their MP and ask for help with getting Powered-Two-Wheelers (PTWs) recognised as a serious alternative to public transport.

In the MCIA bulletin to its members, the association outlines how Grant Shapp’s briefing last weekend, with suggested alternatives to public transport during the current crisis, excluded PTWs. The MCIA is continuing its efforts to address this and says an email from industry personnel to their local MP could be effective in the battle for recognition.

Contact details of your MP can be found by filling in your postcode in the search box at

Further, the MCIA asks that you advise Nick Broomhall, the MCIA’s Policy Marketing & PR Manager, via email whether;

a) You have mailed your MP, and
b) You receive a reply (ideally please forward a copy of the reply) so that the MCIA may understand who has been contacted, their reaction and be able to target further work.

The MCIA’s suggested email reads;


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

Further information on the work of the MCIA and details of how to become a member can be found at

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