October 20th, 2020.

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has issued a press release in which it urges the Department for Transport (DfT) to urgently adopt Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) EU derogation rules.

"As with cars and vans, Powered Two Wheelers are subject to a series of evolving emissions and safety regulations. The current Euro 4 standard will be superseded on the 1st of January 2021 by Euro 5 and as a result, Euro 4 PTWs must be registered by that date.

Due to the variables involved, a small amount of outgoing vehicles can be registered under the new regime in a process known as derogation, however, despite very positive PTW post-lockdown UK sales, the Covid-induced lack of business at the height of the sales season makes the proposed derogation number impossible to achieve.

Consequently, the MCIA is pleased to note that the Council of the EU and the European Parliament have endorsed a European Commission proposal, known as Article 44A, that will allow EU dealers more options with the derogation number and calls on the DfT to follow suit in the UK.

By adopting Article 44A, the Government would allow British PTW dealers more flexibility with registering their stock, helping to alleviate another pressure on their businesses in this most challenging of years.

Such a move would help UK dealers continue to support the increasing number of people who are turning to PTWs as an efficient, low and zero emission, congestion-busting, self-isolating, low-cost form of transport for commuting and leisure."
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