March 2018

MARCH 2018. Honda CRF 1000, best-selling Adventure/Sport model in February 2018. Dear Colleague,. Demand for motorcycles in February was up 1.2% on ...
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NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE DEALERS ASSOCIATION NEWS MARCH 2018

Honda CRF 1000, best-selling Adventure/Sport model in February 2018 Dear Colleague, Demand for motorcycles in February was up 1.2% on the same period last year, registering 3943 units. However, scooter registrations were down 2.1%. February is typically a quiet month for new registrations due to poor weather conditions and many traditional riders holding off until the new 18-plate is launched in March. The next NMDA Dealer Attitude Survey questionnaire will be with you at the end of March. This is your chance to pass comment on the industry and current issues that affects you. All entries are handled confidentially to ensure the sentiment is averaged across the country to get a balanced picture of what really is affecting your business. See this month’s news for more details. A reminder that the NMDA is your trade body and here to help and advise you on regulatory and operational issues that affect your business. However, if there are issues that we have not covered or you have concerns about, please do contact us on the NFDA helpline 01788 538303. Steve Latham Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association

IN THIS ISSUE:

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MOTORCYCLE SALES UP, BUT DEMAND FOR SCOOTERS DECREASES NMDA EXECUTIVE MEETING NMDA DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY WORKING TOGETHER TO DEFEAT MOTORCYCLE CRIME TRAILBLAZER TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP – UPDATE DVSA REMIND CLASS 1 & 2 MOT TESTERS TO RECORD DATA ACCURATELY

MOTORCYCLE SALES UP, BUT DEMAND FOR SCOOTERS DECREASES Demand for motorcycles in February was up 1.2% on the same period last year, registering 3943 units. However, scooter registrations were down -2.1%. Whilst it is concerning that scooter sales are on the decline, it is positive to see that the issues with the euro 3 – 4 bikes which affected sales of low powered machine sales last year, must have now passed through. Sales of 125cc have also modestly increased by 4.4% in February and up 2.2% for the year. Most sectors in the market were up with the exception of the sport and touring motorcycles. Sales of mid-size machines in the 126-650cc range were up 32.1% with 2085 bikes registered so far this year and top of the range machines above 1000cc also recorded a healthy growth up 18.9%. With the growing epidemic of crime involving scooters in metropolitan towns and cities, it is not surprising that scooter sales are down. February is typically a quiet month for new registrations due to poor weather conditions and many traditional riders holding off until the new 18-plate is launched in March.

NMDA EXECUTIVE MEETING The next NMDA Executive meeting will be held on Wednesday 18 April beginning at 10.30am our London Offices. The following items are on the agenda to be discussed:         

New motorcycle registrations Used motorcycle availability & registration levels Economic report & targets Current crime wave & Home Office working group NMDA membership statistics Dealer/Manufacture Agreements Agreeing a suitable date for joint MCIA meeting Trailblazer apprenticeship update NMDA ‘dealer attitude survey’

To register your attendance please contact Louise Woods [email protected]

NMDA DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY The next NMDA Dealer Attitude Survey questionnaire will be with you at the end of March ready for your return by mid-April. This is your chance to pass comment on the industry and current issues that affects you. All entries are handled confidentially to ensure the sentiment is averaged across the country to get a balanced picture of what really is affecting your business. You can submit your completed survey online or post. For more information please contact Louise Woods [email protected]

WORKING TOGETHER TO DEFEAT MOTORCYCLE CRIME Following a meeting of the MCRG (Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group) in Coventry with representatives from the Police, Insurance companies, trade associations NMDA & MCIA, rider groups, manufacturers, plus ‘T