Motorcycle sales for 2014 were up 10% compared to 2013, with an increase every month throughout the year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).
101,277 new motorcycles, scooters and mopeds were registered during 2014, compared to 91,908 in 2013. Of this year’s new registrations more than 48,000 were smaller commuter-sized machines.
There is also an upward trend for the number of powered two wheelers (PTWs) being used on the road. Government statistics show the number of PTWs licensed for the road has increased to 1,326,500 – the highest figure registered for five years, and nearly double the number on the road in 1994.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, said: “This news contains two stories; one about a return to consumer confidence and the other regarding congestion.
“With sales of smaller bikes making up nearly half of all new sales and the rise in the total number of PTWs on the road, it is clear that increasing numbers of people are swapping to two wheels as a means of avoiding daily traffic jams.
“We predict an increasing number of people will switch to PTWs as a means of avoiding the misery of commuting by car and expect this to become a long term trend tracking the projected rise in congestion.”
The MCIA and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recently launched a policy document designed to encourage greater use of motorcycles on UK roads, which the partners say “should improve road safety as a result”.