Following the reporting of a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 in the UK, as well as in France, the Motorcycle Industry Association in England has welcomed such a move as a “tremendous stimulus” for motorcycle manufacturers, according to a visordown.com report. The ban announcement is expected soon, and is prompted by the UK government to tackle air pollution.

While no mention has been made about motorcycles and scooters using internal combustion engines being part of the ban, the association believes such a move will prompt the wide spread adoption of electric motorcycles. “For all the congestion-busting abilities of motorcycles and the abilities to make electric bikes I think it’s a tremendous stimulus for the motorcycle industry,” said Steve Kenward, chief executive officer of the association.

It has been reported that motorcycles made before 2007 that do not comply with a minimum of Euro 3 standards will have to pay a 12.50 pound sterling (RM70) daily pollution toll when entering London, beginning 2020, while Paris has banned motorcycles made before June 1, 2000 from entering the city between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from September 1.