The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) has written to the Department for Transport (DfT) calling on the Government to provide ‘safe access to motorcycling during the lockdown’.
During the pandemic, the number of powered two-wheelers (PTWs) on the road has increased significantly; however, new restrictions for England are currently set to close motorcycle dealerships entirely.
Since restrictions were lifted in June, sales of motorcycles have grown significantly. The steep increase in new riders was boosted by those choosing motorcycles as an ideal option to commute, especially, after the Government advised people to avoid public transport to limit the spread of the virus.
Many key workers were amongst those who started riding during the pandemic.
It is therefore imperative that CBT Training and license testing remain operative over the coming weeks to allow new, potential and existing riders to continue to train.
Additionally, motorcycle dealerships are also retailers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including helmets, gloves and high-visibility clothing. These are essential items for public safety and NMDA believes the sale of this equipment in dealerships remains reasonable in necessary circumstances.
Paddy O’Connell, Head of the NMDA, said: “NMDA is concerned that the new restrictions could jeopardise people’s ability to ride and we call on the Government to listen to our suggestions and ensure safe access to motorcycling over the coming weeks”.
About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.