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Action plan for zero emission powered light vehicles launched

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An action plan for zero emission powered two, three and four-wheeled light vehicles has been launched for Government and industry.

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and Zemo Partnership were tasked in the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan to identify the actions needed to create new UK business and consumer opportunities for zero emission ‘powered light vehicles’ (PLVs).

This includes powered two wheelers and other ‘L-Category’ vehicles, as regulation defines them.

Transport minister Trudy Harrison welcomed the action plan, which sets out opportunities to support the resurgence of the UK's motorcycle industry and decarbonise transport.

"As we power up the green revolution, we are determined to find the right place for zero emission PLVs within our transport network and believe they can offer an affordable, convenient and sustainable way to travel, while helping to cut congestion in our towns and cities,” she said.

The action plan recommends:

  • A review of existing L-Category vehicle regulation to ensure it remains fit for purpose and caters for the evolution of future zero emission PLVs, including assessing the potential for a new vehicle category.
  • Developing the component and system supply chain in the UK for zero emission L3-Category powered two-wheelers (PTWs) to encourage new entrants to the market, lower manufacturing costs and maximise the potential for GHG emission savings.
  • Developing the manufacturing base and supply chain in the UK for zero emission L7 cargo vehicles to increase the number and availability of models on the market, providing a greater degree of consumer and fleet choice.
  • A review of the current grant and incentivisation structure in the PLV sector, including adopting learning from other vehicle categories where the roll out of zero emission tailpipe vehicles has proven successful.
  • Conducting a public awareness campaign jointly led by Government and industry to promote the existence, availability, and benefits of zero emission PLVs to consumers and businesses.
  • Simplifying the existing licensing regime across all L-Category segments to improve access to zero emission PLVs for a wider section of the community, increasing access, uptake and adoption.
  • Increasing mobility in rural communities by providing access to affordable zero emission PLV solutions using initiatives such as Wheels to Work.
  • Engaging with local authorities through the Local Authority Transport Decarbonisation Toolkit to ensure zero emission PLVs form part of an integrated transport solution for the UK.
  • Creating a formal L-Category community to engage with the Government and monitor the delivery of this Action Plan.
  • Engaging with industry to ensure zero emission PLVs are considered and incorporated into the development of the EV charging infrastructure.

Zemo Partnership CEO, Andy Eastlake, said: “Road transport is one of the most challenging areas in terms of the achievement of net zero by 2050.

“Policymakers will need all the tools in the box to deliver this and ensuring every vehicle type can play its part is a critical step.

“Using the right vehicle for the right journey is a crucial element of the transition to zero emission mobility.

“PLVs open new opportunities to improve the efficiency with which we use road space, resources and energy, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and, potentially, also contribute to much needed improvements in urban air quality.”

MCIA CEO, Tony Campbell, complained that powered two-wheelers and other types of PLVs have often been absent from national and local policy development due to an “underappreciation or lack of awareness” of their potential benefits to the environment.

“It is testament to the industry and all it has done to showcase its decarbonisation credentials that it is now regarded as a serious mode of transport for consideration alongside others, where appropriate, in the future of our transport ecosystems,” he said. 

“Today’s launch of the action plan is a landmark day for our sector, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Government and industry to ensure the full and proper implementation of the Plan’s recommendations throughout 2022 and beyond.”

The full report - ‘Realising the Potential of Zero Emission Powered Light Vehicles’ - is available for download here.


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