Industry Insider: UK Government Moves to End Sale of Gas Motorbikes by 2035

Motorcycle Industry Association: “This News Is A Missed Opportunity”

A motorcyclist enjoying night life. Media sourced from Yamaha Motors.
A motorcyclist enjoying night life. Media sourced from Yamaha Motors.

In a recent move against petrol power, the UK government has released an open consultation on their website ending the sale of gas-powered motorcycles by the year 2035, with some getting the kick as early as 2030 – eight short years from now. 

This news follows Europe’s current trajectory to cut 78% of all emissions by the same year – and as you can imagine, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is not very happy about it. 

In the objection submitted to the government, the MCIA continues to reason that our industry needs ‘more time’ to adjust to zero-emission obligations – and slapping an earlier end date isn’t how to get things sorted. 

A view of two motorcyclists enjoying a sunny scoot in an urban setting
A view of two motorcyclists enjoying a sunny scoot in an urban setting. Media sourced from Cycle Canada.

“We put forward a compelling case in our Journey to a Brighter Destination document for the continued support of large capacity leisure motorcycling and why it needs to be treated as such in the consultation,” states Tony Campbell, the Chief Executive of the MCIA in a report from Visordown

“Its minimal emissions, low mileage, important contributions to the economy, sport, tourism and mental health benefits are all reasons why a fairer, progressive and more bespoke approach is needed to phase out new non zero emission motorcycles.”

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. Media sourced from the 2022 DGR.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Media sourced from the 2022 DGR.

“Making up just 0.5% of UK domestic transport emissions, this news is a missed opportunity to allow industry more time to adapt, and for technology to catch up,” adds the MCIA. 

“We recognise our environmental contribution will increase as other transport modes phase out and so support the decision to phase out L1 vehicles by 2030,” finishes Campbell.

“However, we do not support the decision to include L3e-A1, which even with an ICE powertrain are significantly more environmentally efficient than some electric cars.”

A motorcyclist enjoying a ride in green, hilly topography. Media sourced from Alchemist Adventures.
A motorcyclist enjoying a ride in green, hilly topography. Media sourced from Alchemist Adventures.

With renewed efforts from the EU on the safety and cleanliness of our roads, we anticipate a happy middle (read; more time) for the UK motorcycle industry to adjust in the coming years. 

Here is the original open consultation from the UK Government, should you wish to give it a perusal yourself.

What do you think? Drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Alkemist Adventures, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Cycle Canada, and Yamaha Motors*