Following the publication of the much-delayed consultation on 14th July, the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) arranged an initial meeting with Department for Transport (DfT) officials. The meeting took place on 21st July.
Firstly, officials confirmed that the consultation will not consider questions of ‘if’, only of ‘when’. ‘When’ is proposed to be 2030 or sooner for 125cc and smaller bikes. For larger capacity bikes the proposal remains as no later than 2035. Arguments for dates beyond 2035 are highly unlikely to win favour. The officials said a date beyond 2040 is entirely off the table.
Secondly, with respect to claimed technology neutrality, only battery electric, fuel cells or hydrogen are viewed as options. Hydrogen burnt in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) is considered to be highly unlikely.
Finally, carbon neutral liquid fuels for ICE is considered to be nothing more than a short-term transition fuel for existing ICE. The DfT rules out synthetic or bio fuels as a solution for the continued sale of new ICE.
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