Plans to scrap en­gines leave many fum­ing

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

It does not seem that long ago that I won­dered into a small newsagents and bought a ticket for the first ever Na­tional Lot­tery, dream­ing of a mul­ti­mil­lion pound spend­ing spree.

Ac­tu­ally, it was a while ago – 23 years ago (1994). A lot can hap­pen in 23 years! Like the com­plete phas­ing out of the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine – if the Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent an­nounce­ment is to be be­lieved! By 2040 all diesel and petrol en­gines are to be banned, so says the Gov­ern­ment in its lat­est en­vi­ron­men­tal plan.

The Gov­ern­ment has been bul­lied into mak­ing this shock an­nounce­ment after cam­paign group Clien­tearth took le­gal ac­tion and a judge ruled that more needed to be done sooner to im­prove air qual­ity.

No men­tion of mo­tor­cy­cles yet, but you can be sure they’ll be in­cluded (sooner or later). Let’s hope this bold plan leads to elec­tric bikes that are more af­ford­able, lighter and can man­age de­cent mileage be­fore need­ing a recharge. Maybe we can look forward to a bet­ter pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, no new taxes to fill the mas­sive hole left by the scrap­ping of fuel tax (no fuel = no tax?!). Or maybe, just maybe the Gov­ern­ment will fi­nally re­alise that mo­tor­cy­cles are the an­swer! ANDY CALTON

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