Transport For London Facts
Transport for London are actively cutting lane widths, making it harder and more dangerous for motorcycles and scooters to filter through traffic.*
London’s Mayor plans to introduce an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charging scheme by 2019, extending to the North and South Circulars. Motorcycles and scooters built before 2007 (i.e. not EURO 3 emissions compliant) will be taxed at the same rate as cars: £12.50 per day.
Motorcycles and scooters play an increasingly vital role in keeping London moving and reducing congestion. All two-wheelers take up less road space and can move through stationary traffic, taking the pressure off our roads – where average speeds for four-wheeled vehicles are down to 7mph.
TfL’s budget for bicycling schemes is £913million – nearly £1billion – while the budget for improving conditions for motorcycle and scooter riders is £0.**
Tragically, nine bicyclists were killed on London’s roads in 2015 – but without the safety schemes and dedicated lanes that benefit pedal-powered riders, the number of deaths of motorcycle riders in the same year was 36.
Schemes to promote bicycling in London are being imposed at great cost to the safety of motorcycle and scooter riders and their shared use of the road.
If this continues, the benefits of travelling in London by motorcycle or scooter will be drastically cut or even eliminated, while ill-conceived tariffs increasing the cost of motorcycling will affect those least able to afford it. Many riders will be driven onto London’s overcrowded public transport, while thousands of two-wheelers will be unnecessarily scrapped.
* This policy’s aim was described as “removing ambiguity” and confirmed by Lilli Matson, Head of Strategy and Outcome Planning at Transport for London, and Ben Plowden, TfL’s Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, in response to questioning by the London Assembly Transport Committee in a public meeting on 15 October 2015. ** These figures are from the London Assembly ‘Easy Rider’ Report, published in March 2016.