Industry chiefs call for Government help

Scrappage schemes, alternative-fuel incentives and vehicle excise costs - just a few of the topics presented to the Government by the MCIA

THE MOTOR Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has met with Government representatives with a view to gaining financial support for the motorcycle industry.

MCI representatives met senior advisors, calling for equal status in the automotive field, for inclusion in any future scrappage schemes, company electric car tax relief to be extended to electric bikes, inclusion in alternative fuelled vehicle grant incentives, much greater fairness in the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) regime and inclusion in the Government's Automotive Council.

Recent statistics have shown the UK motorcycle industry to have a significant impact on the UK economy.  The industry has net sales now known to exceed £5 billion and directly employs 62,000 people in over 5,700 companies, with additional employment in related businesses.

The delegation was led by Tara Glen, MCI's Chairman who was supported by Steve Kenward, MCI’s CEO, and Craig Carey-Clinch. Mr Kenward said; “We are very positive about the outcome of this meeting and are looking forward to working with the Government to create proper recognition for the motorcycle industry.

“Motorcycles and scooters have an important role to play in transport policy as well as making a very notable financial contribution to Britain. Now is the time to readdress the balance and bring equality to the automotive sector.”

Let's hope they covered scrapping Westminster's ludicrous bike parking charge was on the agenda?

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