• Luke Brackenbury


Motorcyclists hit by new ULEZ introduction

Yesterday saw the introduction of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and – once again – it seems that motorcyclists fall favour to another new rule.

Better get that classic Guzzi checked, mate. pic Chippy Wood

If you own a powered two-wheeler registered before July 2007 you could end up paying £12.50 per day to ride in central London, even though many motorcycles and scooters registered before then do not exceed the required NOx limit of 0.15 g/km. 

At TMA, we are all for reducing emissions and congestion and more people using scooters and motorcycles in cities and towns would – as we all know – help this. So why penalise riders? Why doesn’t the Mayor of London encourage more people to take to two wheels?

The good news is that the MCIA (Motorcycle Industry Association) is on the case. They put out a press release yesterday to help highlight the poor deal for riders on bikes registered before July 2007, which read: “The MCIA is extremely disappointed to see that riders of Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs), that occupy minimal road space and reduce traffic congestion, are charged at the same rate as single-occupancy 4x4s from the same era.”

Which we all know is crazy.

The MCIA statement continues with Tony Campbell, MCIA CEO, commenting: “The Mayor of London and TFL have simply got this wrong.  PTWs can and do provide cost effective, non-congesting and in most cases, low or zero polluting transport solutions in the urban environment.   We find it quite incredible that TFL and the Mayor continue to discriminate against the users of motorcycles and scooters and to ignore their benefits, while the Mayor has failed again to support his own manifesto commitments”.

You can read the full statement from the MCIA hereand can check the eligibility of your bike here.

There is a small glimmer of hope for riders on older bikes, they can have their bike checked at approved centres for motorcycle emissions testing (there is currently only one – Riverbank Motorcycles Ltd. offering the test for £175…) to see if the required NOx levels of 0.15 g/km aren’t exceeded.

Let’s hope the MCIA can lobby to have changes made before the ULEZ zone expands in October 2021…


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