PTWs ‘ride to the rescue’ in 2020

A rider approaches their motorcycle

Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) ‘firmly cemented their place in the emerging transport hierarchy’ in 2020, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

Statistics show that despite the impacts of Covid-19, there were 104,612 registrations of new PTWs in 2020, a year-on-year fall of just 2.6%.

The figure comprises the number of motorcycles registered, which fell by 6.7%, and the number of scooter registrations, which rose by 10.5%.

Meanwhile, there were 2,458 e-PTW registrations in 2020 – up 51.2% up on 2019.

By way of comparison, figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) earlier this month show the overall new car market fell by 29.4% over the same period.

The MCIA said: “In a year like no other, where old habits and routines were redefined, PTWs supported many Brits in their hour of need.

“Whether it was providing efficient, congestion-busting, low or zero-emission commuting for essential workers and local deliveries, a ready-when-you-are, isolated alternative to public transport or enabling leisure rides to aid the mental health of those restricted in their day-to-day activities, PTWs rose to the challenge.”

11 January 2021