The UK Government has set its sights on banning the sale of petrol vehicles by 2030 – but fear not, motorcycles will be exempt.
Earlier, prime minister Boris Johnson announced plans to bring forward the ban to 2035 – while also extending the legislation to cover hybrid vehicles.
He said: “There can be no greater responsibility than protecting our planet, and no mission that a global Britain is prouder to serve.”
“2020 must be the year we turn the tide on global warming – it will be the year when we choose a cleaner, greener future for all.”
Why aren’t motorcycles in the 2030 decarbonisation bill?
Original guidance for motorcyclists, published in 2018, explained: “The market for zero emission motorcycles is at an earlier stage than either cars or vans.”
However, it did acknowledge that “Zero emission motorcycles can help reduce congestion, improve urban air quality and reduce noise.”
Motorcycle News says while cars and vans are “very much in the crosshairs right now, it would be safe to assume that motorbikes will follow suit in the future, but not just yet.”