MPs call on DfT to extend electric vehicle purchase grants to bicycles
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Electric bikes celebrated in first ever e-bike-only parliamentary debate
MPs from all parties have called on the government to offer grants for purchasing electric bicycles. Those purchasing electric cars and vans are subsidised to do so through grants provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles but, oddly, neither bicycles or e-bikes are deemed to be "low emission vehicles".
Yesterday in parliament the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group Andrew Selous secured a debate on this anomaly. He also praised e-bikes in general as did many other MPs, including the transport minister Jesse Norman, a long-time e-bike user, who chided his fellow parliamentarians for being late converts.
"Journeys by e-bike are longer, with an average of 5.9 miles compared with 3.9 miles. Importantly, 18 percent of disabled cyclists own a bike with electric assistance. It is fantastic to get more disabled people cycling, too.
"In 2017, we had 63,000 sales, but Spain sold 66,000, Switzerland sold 87,000, Austria sold 120,000, Italy sold 155,000, Belgium sold 245,000, France sold 255,000, the Netherlands sold 294,000 and Germany sold a whopping 720,000 in 2017. That is more than 11 times the number in the United Kingdom, so we have a little catching up to do."
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