Motorcycles a ‘perfect alternative’ to traffic-bound cars

 Sales of motorcycles and scooters grew once again in 2019 – bucking the downward trend of the new car market.

Figures published by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) on 8 January reveal there were 107,408 new powered two wheelers (PTW) registered in 2019 – up 1.5% from 2018.

Growth was particularly evident among smaller vehicles, often used by commuters and delivery services.  

The MCIA figures show a 20% rise in the sales of 0-50cc bikes, while there was a small rise in the 51-125cc category.

The MCIA says more and more people are recognising smaller bikes provide a ‘perfect alternative’ to traffic-bound cars and vans – with their light weight and ease of parking.

It also points to the rise of ultra-low and zero emissions as reasons for the increased popularity of smaller bikes.

Meanwhile, data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) earlier this month shows the UK new car market declined by 2.4% in 2019, with annual registrations falling for a third straight year.


08 January 2020

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