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If you read our piece promoting the use of two wheels as a safer, self-isolating mode of transport yesterday and want to help fight the cause, here’s your chance. The MCIA – Motorcycle Industry Association, have sent out a call for riders to lobby parliament.

 

The benefits of riding far outweigh any negatives, especially if you’re having to go back to work and use public transport. Despite this, Grant Shapp excluded powered two-wheelers from his briefing, as did Boris. Which seems a complete travesty. 

 

COPY FOR E-MAIL TO YOUR LOCAL MP

 

Include your name and address 

 

Dear Mr/Ms (INSERT YOUR MP’s SURNAME HERE)

 

I am writing to you as one of your constituents who is a user of a Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) who would like to know why Government is not endorsing their use as an alternative to public transport.

 

PTWs, in the form of low and zero-emission scooters and light motorcycles, are a clean and efficient transport mode that require little road space for travel or parking and which can meet the needs of a variety of commuters, while at the same time fulfilling their social distancing and environmental obligations.

 

In the current climate they are the perfect alternative for those who would usually use public transport, but for whom walking and cycling are not viable options.  Access to small PTWs is straightforward, with most requiring just the completion of a one-day training course, called CBT.

 

With so much going for them, it could be assumed that they would be heavily promoted by Government, as the country works towards easing lockdown, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

 

In his briefing on Saturday, 9th May, the Secretary for State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP, when promoting alternatives for public transport, extolled the road congesting private car and fast-tracked the consultation on un-regulated e-scooters, but ignored PTWs, even though they are already the choice of more than a million road users, like me, who are legal and regulated.

 

Consequently, I would very much appreciate your assistance in encouraging Government and others to promote PTWs as a valid alternative to public transport and beyond.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

Write to your MP

 

The MCIA is asking for riders to write to their local MP, you can find yours here: Who is my MP? They’ve even provided a template letter (above) for you to copy and paste to make life easier. It’ll only take you a couple of minutes to copy the text, fill in the blanks and email it off.

 

The MCIA have asked for any replies received to be emailed to them at: covid19support@mcia.co.uk

 

Almost deserted London train station yesterday - how is it today? Image by Michal Kluzinski
Almost deserted London train station yesterday – how is it today? Image by Michal Kluzinski

Are you commuting?

 

Let us know what’s happening out there, whether it’s on public transport or the roads. You can comment on this post, or send photos to: editorial@scooterlab.uk 

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