The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Deputy Mayor of Transport have announced that motorcycles used for private use are no longer welcome under their new proposed Transport Strategy.
What Khan and others said in the meeting
Following the recent London Assembly on the 8th of March, Under Sadiq Khan’s new transport plans put cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport at the forefront of London’s transport priorities.
In response to Khan’s new plan, Boff reminded him of his pre-election promise to the Motorcycle Industry Association, stating, “It’s clear motorbikes and scooters generate far less pollution, save time and money for the rider and don’t create congestion. So it’s right for us to enable powered two-wheelers to play their part in delivering a less congested road network.”
What this means for Royal Jordanian
The news sits controversially for the motorbiking community. It could be a source of concern for Famous Youtubers such as Royal Jordanian, who attribute their Youtube success to their daily footage of motorbiking around London; this potentially means an end to vloggers’ livelihood unless the channel is incorporated as a business under UK Law. The outcome of such a decision would imply that Youtubers like Royal Jordanian would have to face the stricter taxation and insurance obligations that other businesses face or risk shutting down their channels.
For some, the news has come as no surprise. Many have advocated that motorcycles should face more restrictions following the recent rise in motorcycle crime within London.
If Khan is re-elected, the priority for what he called ‘relative road space’ would see a rise in courier deliveries and fewer private bikers on the road. Shawcross CBE confirmed that motorcycles have considerably lower emissions because of“the mode shift hierarchy, they [motorcycles] are not a priority” in Khan’s new traffic policies. Thus, motorcycles should not be used for commuting. Instead, bikers should opt for other forms of transport, such as the bus or underground.