The Bicycle Association has welcomed yesterday’s debate in parliament about e-bikes.
BAGB’s operations director Steve Garidis said: “We encourage the Government to recognise the strategic urgency of supporting e-bikes by extending the current OLEV subsidy for electric vehicles."
He added: "The Bicycle Association believes that e-bikes and e-cargo bikes will play a central role in the way people and goods move around in future. Air quality controls, climate change commitments and an ageing population are all important challenges which the Government is addressing as part of its Industrial Strategy. E-bikes can provide a cost-effective solution to all three of these issues and help reduce pollution, road congestion and encourage the health benefits of cycling. E-cargo bikes in particular can help improve air quality in urban areas by providing an alternative delivery method to vans and motorbikes."
Conservative MP Andrew Selous, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, proposed yesterday’s debate, and separately has called for the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles to introduce subsidies for e-bikes and e-cargo bikes:
“I look forward to working with the Bicycle Association to support the future success of the cycling industry in the UK. E-bikes have a valuable role to play in the future mobility in our towns and cities but currently only a fraction of their potential has been realised compared to the rest of Europe."
He added: "To ensure e-bikes are seen as a priority, I’m calling on the Government to recognise e-bikes as low emission vehicles, an important first step in promoting uptake in future.”
Fellow co-chair Ruth Cadbury said: “There is no doubt that the extent of cycling and e-bike roll-out in other countries in Europe has been massive and that the UK is behind the trend. OLEV should recognise e-bikes as low emission vehicles, which would unblock some subsidy options that are available to other types of e-vehicles.”