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Highways England joins partnership to make roads safer for motorcyclists in the UK
23 Nov 2016

Highways England, the company responsible for running over 4000 miles of England’s motorways and major trunk roads, is to become the third partner in a landmark collaboration to improve motorcycle rider safety. The government owned company will join the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) as an equal partner in facilitating practical changes to roads, as detailed in a jointly written whitepaper: ‘Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity: A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework’.

The Framework calls for motorcycles and scooters to be included in mainstream transport policy and for rider safety to be consistently factored into national road design, which has not been the case in the past. Seven key areas have been identified, which would make roads safer for riders, along with actions as to how this can be achieved practically. These include: safer infrastructure, expanding road user education, increasing awareness and training and working in partnership with cycle groups.

The Framework also advocates unlocking the benefits of motorcycles and demonstrating exactly how they offer a practical solution to congestion, as well as improving personal mobility for people without access to other forms of transport. 

Highways England has a goal of bringing the number of people killed or injured on the strategic road network as close as possible to zero by 2040. It will work with police and MCIA across all seven areas identified in the Framework and will lead on ‘safer infrastructure’. 

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Mike Wilson, Highways England’s Chief Highways Engineer, said: “Safety is our top priority and we believe no one should be harmed when travelling or working on our road network. We are committed to both reducing the number of motorcycle incidents and casualties on our roads and to improving the experience motorcyclists have on those roads; this influential partnership with the industry and police supports that commitment.”

Deputy Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police, Tim Madgwick, who is the national motorcycle lead for the National Police Chiefs Council says: “The Police service is on the front line, dealing with the devastation that is caused to families and the greater community by road traffic collisions.  The opportunity to work with both Highways England and the Motorcycle Industry Association gives us far greater scope to make our roads a safer place, not only for those who use powered two wheelers, but for all road users.  In addition to the safety aspect, encouraging greater use of motorcycles will also contribute greatly to reducing congestion and therefore journey times across the country.”

Karen Cole, Director of Safety and Training, says: “Highways England brings significant resource to this ambitious project; financially and in terms of influence, expertise and evidence-based decision making; add this to police backing and we have an unprecedented opportunity to make a huge difference to riders”.

Documents available to download

Press release - Roads to become safer for motorcyclists through new partnership [pdf]

Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework [pdf]

 

Press contact

For more information on this initiative, please contact: Stevie Muir. MCIA public relations and communications officer

E.  P. +44 (0)79 89 37 85 97

 

Motorcycle registrations in largest EU markets up by 7.5% in October 2016
21 Nov 2016

Motorcycle registrations in the largest EU markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - grew by 7.5% during the first 10 months of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015, reaching 700,098 units.

The strongest performance was recorded in Italy (+11.5%, 178,060 units), followed by Spain (+10.3%, 127,265 units), the UK (+8%, 102,616 units), Germany (+5.6%, 151,189 units) and France (+2.4%, 140,968 units).

Documents available to download

Statistical data - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September 2016 [xls]

Press release - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

Motorcycle registrations in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK up by 7.4% in Q3 2016
31 Oct 2016

Motorcycle registrations in the largest EU markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - grew by 7.4% during the first three quarters of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015, reaching 649,599 units.

The strongest performance was recorded in Italy (+12, 166,602 units), followed by Spain (+10.2%, 114,988 units), the UK (+8.7%, 94,807 units), Germany (+4.5%, 143,367 units) and France (+2.1%, 129,935 units).

Documents available to download

Statistical data - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September 2016 [xls]

Press release - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

Powered-two and powered-three wheeler registrations up by 4.4% in the EU in Q3 2016
31 Oct 2016

At least 1,051,257 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first three quarters of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of 4.4% compared to the 1,006,684 vehicles registered during the same period of 2015.

Registrations performed positively in all of the key European markets including Italy (+10.3%, 186,464 units), Spain (+9.6%, 127,717 units), UK (+7.3%, 101,408 units), Germany (+2.5%, 168,418 units) and France (+1.1%, 198,513 units).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 7.2% during the first three quarters of 2016 on a year-on year basis. A total of 802,767 motorcycles were registered between January and September 2016, against 749,128 during the same period of 2015.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in all of the largest European markets, including Italy (+12%, 160,602 units), Spain (+10.2%, 114,988 units), UK (+8.7%, 94,807 units), Germany (+4.5%, 143,367 units) and France (+2.1%, 129,835 units).

Moped registrations

At least 248,490 mopeds were registered during the first nine months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 257,556 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of 3.5%. Moped registrations increased in Spain (+5%, 12,729 units) and the Netherlands (+2.8%, 55,363 units). They remained stable in Austria (-0.2%, 12,366 units) and France (-0.8%, 58,040 units) but declined in Italy (-2.1%, 19,862 units) and Poland (-14.2%, 21,432 units).

Documents available to dowload

ACEM - Statistical data - September 2016 [xls]
ACEM - Statistical press release - September 2016 [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

Powered-two and powered-three wheeler registrations up by 3.3% in the EU
19 Oct 2016

A total of at least 902,791 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first eight months of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of 3.3% compared to the 874,075 vehicles registered during the same period of 2015.
Registrations performed positively in most of the key European markets including Italy (+10.6%, 167,540 units), Spain (+8.6%, 111,204 units), UK (+5.6%, 85,409 units) and Germany (+2.5%, 130,437 units). They remained stable in France (-0.1%, 173,588 units).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 6% during the first eight months of 2016 on a year-on year basis. A total of 718,539 motorcycles were registered between January and August 2016, against 678,012 during the same period of 2015.
Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in all of the largest European markets, including Italy (+12.2%, 150,028 units), Spain (+9.4%, 100,297 units), UK (+6.9%, 79,872 units), Germany (+2.5%, 130,437 units) and France (+1%, 115,548 units).

Moped registrations

A total of 191,644 mopeds were registered during the first eight months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 201,251 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of 4.8%.
Moped registrations increased in Spain (+2.2%, 10,097 units) and the Netherlands (+0.1%, 48,046 units) but decreased in Austria (-1.5%, 11,118 units), Italy (-1.6%, 17,512 units), France (-2.1%, 58,040 units) and Poland (-16.8%, 19,046 units).

Documents available to dowload

ACEM - Statistical data - August 2016 [xls]
ACEM - Statistical press release - August 2016 [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

Motorcycle registrations in largest EU markets up by 6.4% in August 2016
18 Oct 2016

Motorcycle registrations in the largest EU markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - grew by 6.4% during the first eight months of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015, reaching more than 576,180 units.

The strongest performance was recorded in Italy (+12.2%, 150,028 units), followed by Spain (+9.4%, 100,297 units), the UK (+6.9%, 79,872 units), Germany (+2.5%, 130,437 units) and France (+1%, 115,548 units).

Documents available to dowload

Statistical data - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - July 2016 [xls]
Press release - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - July [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

 

Close to 200 participants in this year's edition of the IFZ motorcycle safety
17 Oct 2016

On 3 and 4 of October 2016 the German Institute for Motorcycle Safety (Institut für Zweiradsicherheit e.V., IFZ) organised its annual conference on powered-two wheeler safety. Close to 200 attendees including road safety experts, policy-makers and industry representatives had the opportunity to exchange views and discuss state-of-the-art research on powered-two wheeler safety.

The presentations delivered during the conference addressed a wide range of issues including motorcycle riding techniques, traffic filtering, modellisation of personal protective equipment, use forward collision warning systems, and the potential safety benefits of eCall systems for motorcycles. Also, as part of the event, ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot moderated a round table panel on the opportunites and challenges future of intelligent transport systems for the motorcycle sector in the Euroepan Union.

The IFZ safety conference took place against the background of the 2016 edition of INTERMOT in Cologne, which attracted about 220,000 visitors from 95 countries. 40 new motorcycle models were launched by vehicle manufacturers during the fair.

The conference programme and all the presentations delivered during the IFZ safety conference will be made available at the IFZ website: www.ifz.de 

For information on INTERMOT please visit http://www.intermot-cologne.com 

Documents available to download

IFZ 2016 conference - Programme [pdf]

INTERMOT 2016 - Press release [pdf]

Press contact

Matthias Haasper, Institut für Zweiradsicherheit e.V.
E.  P. +49(0) 20 18 35 39 32

UK Government launches plug in grant for electric motorcycles
14 Oct 2016

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), the body that represents manufacturers and importers of powered two wheelers and the suppliers of associated goods and services in the UK, announced today that the British public will soon be able to enjoy a subsidy for electric motorcycles and scooters, which has so far only been available for four wheel vehicles.

Unlike cars, electric motorcycles and scooters can be charged at home or work using normal plug sockets, which makes them more accessible. The price of each vehicle will be reduced by £1500 or 20% of the total purchase cost (screen price), whichever is the smaller number.

The grant will be made available for new road registered electric motorcycles and scooters reaching certain quality criteria, which include having a battery with 5 years warranty and a good range.

MCIA has been involved in negotiations with OLEV, the government department which encourages low emission vehicles, for the past three years. An initial announcement about extending the grant to motorcycles and scooters was made by the Coalition Government in March 2015. However the detail was not confirmed until now.

Details of how manufacturers and importers can have their bikes assessed for eligibility will be on the OLEV website from next week. (See website address below). Customers wanting to buy an electric motorcycle will be able to find out which ones are eligible once manufacturers have applied for the grant and been accepted. 

This announcement comes as part of a £35 million boost for ultra low emission vehicles announced this week, to encourage the uptake of zero emission motorcycles and scooters.

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Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA says this should help make electric vehicles and travel more affordable for many people:

“This opens the door to zero emission transport to people who have not been able to afford electric cars, which tended to have been a ‘lifestyle choice’. Motorcycles and scooters are an extremely accessible form of electric transport and have the capacity to significantly reduce congestion, since they share all the advantages of riding a regular powered two wheeler. Riders can filter through traffic, often use bus lanes and usually get closer to their end destination, cutting door to door journey times.

“Motorcycles are exempt from congestion charges with ‘fuel’ costing the equivalent of a penny a mile and nothing to pay for vehicle tax, plus cheaper or free parking. Switching to an electric motorcycle or scooter could result in huge savings for the average commuter, or for businesses which operate fleet vehicles.” 


About the Motorcycle Industry Association

The MCIA represents around 90% of the supply side of motorcycling, with over 130 members including manufacturers and importers, insurance and finance providers, accessory and component suppliers plus road safety stakeholders.

3.7 million pounds has been made available for the uptake of zero emission motorcycles and scooters.

Website for OLEV: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-low-emission-vehicles

Press contact

For more information on this initiative, please contact: Stevie Muir, MCIA public relations and communications officer

E.  P. +44 (0)79 89 37 85 97

  

 

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