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News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)
How many pre-Euro3 motorcycles need to be charged to offset NOx
emissions from an Airbus A320?
This version: 2019 07 10
The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has expressed anger on discovering
that the proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emission Zone (HULEZ) will include
a charge on older motorcycles.
Proposals for a charge for more polluting vehicles driving to London’s
Heathrow Airport terminals were announced in May this year. Despite the
press reports suggesting that the HULEZ would mirror Sadiq Khan’s Ultra
Low Emissions Zone, there was no readily available information to
confirm whether the charge would affect motorcycles.
MAG’s Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Lembit Opik, commented:
“It would seem unlikely to anyone with an ounce of common sense that a
charge on road vehicles will do anything to reduce overall emissions in
anything approaching a meaningful way when opening an entire new runway
at Heathrow Airport. Despite this, Heathrow seem intent on virtue
signalling their way through a consultation on this very idea. Imagine
our disgust, therefore, when we discovered that the plan even proposes
to repeat Khan’s basic error of charging a transport mode proven to help
reduce emissions. How many pre-Euro3 motorcycles do they think it would
take to emit the same amount of NOx as an Airbus A320?!”
Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown said:
“The proposal to include pre-Euro3 motorcycles in this daft scheme was
hidden deep – very deep. In fact it was buried so deep that we had to
specifically ask for confirmation on the subject. The response shocked
me. Yes, Heathrow are proposing to exactly copy the London Mayor’s
illogical policy on motorcycles.
They seem somewhat embarrassed about
this though, as the reference to motorcycles is hidden away in a single
table of emissions standards buried on page 229 of a 444 page ‘Surface
Access Proposals’ document.
“Needless to say MAG will be making a formal response to the
consultation, and we encourage all bikers to follow suit. There is
simply no justification for this charge to be imposed.”
The consultation can be accessed via the Heathrow consultation website
. The consultation covers an
enormous amount of detail on a host of different subjects including:
• a Preferred Masterplan for expansion;
• plans to operate the future airport;
• preliminary assessment of the effects of the airport’s growth;
• plans to manage the effects of expansion.
If you only wish to respond on the particular issue of the proposed
HULEZ, MAG recommends that you use the email response option by emailing
your comments to email@example.com.
The closing date
for the consultation is 13th September 2019.
Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or firstname.lastname@example.org