The sector shows its concern about the accident rate, appreciates the attention that the DGT is paying to the motorcycle and asks the municipalities to get involved
Forecasts for the motorcycle and light vehicle market for 2021 rise from 195,900, raised at the beginning of the year by Anesdor, the
National Association of Companies of the Two-Wheel Sector, at 200,300. This means that the expected year-on-year growth goes from 6.8% to 9.2%. The main driver of this change are the better prospects in the motorcycle section, above mopeds and other light vehicles. “The data are positive and we are confident that, in the second semester, if the health situation continues to improve, they will be clearly better,” explained its president and CEO of Kawasaki in Spain.
Ramon Bosch, during the presentation of the market analysis for motorcycles and light vehicles in the first half of 2021. For its part,
Jose Maria Riaño, Secretary General of the entity, added that “we hope to reach 200,300 units registered this year. It would be the second best year since 2007, just behind 2019.
Therefore, the motorcycle among the vehicles that fell the least compared to 2019, exceeding the 14% share. Between the
main reasons for this growth The transformation of mobility in cities has been accelerated by Covid, and it is that health security has been added to the traditional advantages. Despite territorial restrictions, riding a motorcycle has been a safe option in recent months, which is why routes and motorcycle tourism have increased. In addition, the motorcycle provides a useful and efficient service for e-commerce companies and other delivery services, as well as small freelancers.
At the same time, Anesdor representatives have shown their
concern about the accident rate of motorcyclists. “The release from confinement is being worrying. There are more and more motorcycles and we all want to enjoy ourselves, but we cannot allow ourselves to spoil the effort of so many months of pandemic by risking an accident, ”explained Riaño.
The sector is committed to road safety and has a comprehensive strategy endorsed by the European Commission. «It is appreciated that the DGT focuses on motorcyclists as it is doing. We are sure that it will help save lives, “said the secretary general of Anesdor, adding that” it is important that other administrations, such as city councils, are also involved in developing mobility and road safety plans to protect the vulnerable.
Likewise, the motorcycle is a vehicle that significantly helps to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal and sustainable mobility. Bosch has transferred that «we have
efficient vehicles that offer many advantages to society, but the word moto is not cited even once in the Government’s Sustainable, Safe and Connected Mobility Strategy. And this, despite the fact that reality shows us that more and more citizens choose the motorcycle. And Riaño recalled that “Spain has a unique opportunity for development with recovery plans. The motorcycle has a great historical and business tradition and now we can strengthen our industry. We are already the first European manufacturer of electric motorcycles and with the support of the administration we would have the capacity to continue growing in the future ”.
On the other hand, Anesdor considers that the contribution of the motorcycle to the sustainability of transport is a positive social value and in this framework it is essential that the new environmental label recognizes the most modern motorcycles with a
mark of qualification higher than the current CEither a new label is created or incorporating the ECO. Since January of this year, with the exception of a small fee per brand to settle stock, all registered motorcycles comply with the Euro5 regulation, the most modern for motorcycles (it should be remembered that it is not related to that of passenger cars). The C label currently includes motorcycles from the Euro3 stage, which was introduced to the market in 2006. Since then, the emission limits have been reduced by 60% in carbon monoxides (CO) and by 71% in hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides (HC + NOx).
The effort of manufacturers to achieve this technological leap contributes to the sustainability and efficiency of the vehicles that citizens have at their disposal today. Giving more sustainable vehicles access to cities will help improve air quality and will also have an impact on road safety, since newer motorcycles have more and better safety systems.
The Government has not yet decided how this reform will be, in which different ministries participate. What the General Directorate of Traffic has publicly clarified is that the labels will be retroactive if they grant
a better rating to the vehicle and they will not be if they make it worse. Therefore, those who buy a Euro5 motorcycle now receiving the C label, will receive a new improved label after the update. This is totally logical, but it is not known to all users. Some customers are delaying the purchase of a new motorcycle hoping that in the coming months it can have a better label, however, this wait does not make sense.