Bike sales fall for 12th successive month

Published: 11 November 2009

Motorcycle manufacturers are calling for the Government to introduce a scrappage scheme for bikes after sales slumped for the 12th month in a row.

New figures show bike sales fell 27% in October 2009 compared to the same month last year. This means sales have plummeted by 19.4% so far this year.

In light of these alarming figures the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) has called for the introduction of a scrappage scheme similar to that offered to new car buyers.

The car scrappage scheme was introduced after 11 monthly falls were recorded in the car market and has helped to improve sales figures.

Italy has already introduced a scrappage scheme which rewarded buyers with €500 for replacing any Euro 0 or Euro 1 bike with a new greener Euro 3 bike under 400cc proved how successful a scheme could be.

Sheila Rainger, MCI spokesperson said: “The motorcycle industry wants to see government, legislators, local authorities and transport planners viewning motorcycling as a serious and relevant alternative to the use of cars and public transport.

"Powered two wheelers are part of the solution to the problems of congestion and pollution and should not be ignored or treated as an afterthought. Scrappage is one scheme that could help kickstart the market."