London transport strategy back tracks
In a press release (01/03/18), the MCIA have expressed their strong disappointment that Transport for London (TfL) have opted to fully ignore the benefits of motorcycles, mopeds and other forms of powered two wheelers (PTWs) in their London transport strategy. This strategy aims to significantly reduce congestion in the city, whilst reducing harmful emissions from all forms of motorised transport.
The MCIA argue that by back-tracking on their previously positive stance on PTW’s, that Transport for London is making a corresponding backward step in road safety for motorcyclists. The MCIA rightly make the point that motorcycles and mopeds can reduce congestion by taking less road space and producing less emissions relative to other forms of motorised transport. Also highlighted is Sadiq Khan’s stance prior to being elected, when he told the motorcycle industry: ‘It is absolutely right for us to enable PTWs to play their part in delivering a less congested road network’.
The MCIA are strongly urging the Mayor to reconsider the positive role of PTW’s in his plans and to recognise that motorised transport (including motorcycles) will always be vital to the proper functioning of London’s transport network. The MCIA also draw attention to the negative impact of reduced lane widths, problems with bus lane policies and the Mayor’s refusal to recognise that most small PTW’s already meet the emission criteria.
CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, Tony Campbell, says:
“The Mayor clearly has his own agenda around motorcycles and scooters, which was not made clear to the riders who elected him following his promise to champion their contribution to reducing London’s congestion.
“At a recent meeting with the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA), the Mayor said that he agreed PTWs had an important part to play. In doing so he also agreed to review his Transport Strategy, taking into account the feedback he had received during the consultation period. To quote Mr Khan: “I have read through the industry’s response to my Transport Policy Document and can say I agree with most of what you are saying, not all but most”.
“Given this statement, it is more than disappointing that the Mayor has decided to yet again ignore what is clear common sense for transport policy.
“The MCIA strongly urges the Mayor to take another look at his plans to not only fulfil his pre-election commitment to riders and London voters, but also to honour his words at the recent meeting with Industry.”