Government urged to recognise PTW retailers as essential businesses

The MCIA is calling on the Government to add PTW retailers in England to its list of essential businesses, alongside bicycle shops.

Under new national restrictions coming into effect on 5 November, all non-essential retail, including vehicle showrooms, are being ordered to close.

Meanwhile cycle shops, as per the first lockdown earlier this year, are able to remain open.

The MCIA, the trade body for the powered two wheeler (PTW) industry, says it is ‘paramount’ that those selling and maintaining these vehicles are granted essential business status.

It stresses the importance of PTWs for those with longer commutes, or who work anti-social hours.

The MCIA says: “Bicycle shops are rightly deemed essential to support those for whom cycling is a viable commuting option.  

“However, the recent boom in registrations of commuter PTWs, where post-spring lockdown demand has seen year-to-date sales outstrip 2019, shows that for many, their commute is beyond pedal-power.

“For those with longer commutes, or who work anti-social hours, a small capacity or electric PTW provides cost-effective, congestion-busting, easy-to-park, isolated travel that is easy to access and enjoyable to use.  

“It is therefore paramount that those selling and maintaining these vehicles are granted essential business status to keep a large number of Britons mobile during this difficult period.”


03 November 2020

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