The National Association of Two-Wheeler Companies (Anesdor) has pointed out that the Moves III Plan, aimed at promoting electric mobility, is not distributing all the expected subsidies, either due to the complexity of the process or because part of the motorcycle sector is not covered.
In the case of the two-wheeler sector, only motorcycles with a price not exceeding 12,000 euros are eligible for subsidies.
Specifically, electric motorcycles, which have a higher price, are excluded from this plan, and therefore, they do not contribute to the sector’s transition towards sustainable mobility, as emphasized by Anesdor’s Secretary General, José María Riaño, in a press conference.
Anesdor has indicated that the European Union’s Next Generation plans represent an industrial opportunity, and they hope that the government will give a final boost to the sector since it is “the great forgotten” as it does not have any strategic line in the Mobility Plan of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda, and most municipalities do not include it in their regulations.
Furthermore, in 2023, municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants must establish low-emission zones, and “the labels are still unresolved,” Riaño has denounced, claiming that current motorcycles receive the same label as those from 2006.
In this regard, Anesdor has highlighted that motorcycle users are “doubly penalized” since neither the technological evolution of their vehicles nor the real difference in emissions compared to other vehicles is taken into account, as reported by Europa Press.
“The DGT labels are mainly used by municipalities to restrict access to cities, and it is a serious problem not only that the technological evolution is not valued, but also that municipalities are not even aware that motorcycle and car labels, although they may appear the same, are not equivalent,” Riaño emphasized.
For all these reasons, Anesdor has underscored the need for mobility to be structured in a “coherent” way.
In 2021, 16% of vehicle registrations corresponded to motorcycles, and there are more than 5.7 million motorcycles in circulation in Spain. Therefore, they have requested that motorcycles “should have a position in line with the advantages they offer.”