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Motorcycles: The fleet of tomorrow?

By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 15:30

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The AA’s motorcycle fleet is an intrinsic part of the business

Businesses could soon start looking to incorporate motorcycles into their fleet to save time and money, thanks in part to a new service launched by a major manufacturer

Honda UK has become the first manufacturer in the country to introduce a specialist motorcycle fleet dealer network, with the aim at growing the corporate market while providing support and advice to business customers.

Honda’s service will emphasise the many benefits of doing business on two-wheels, including include high fuel economy, low running costs, low CO2 emissions and increased productivity, as motorcycles take less time to move through traffic.

A CBI survey predicting journey times estimated these will increase by 50% within a generation and unless fleet operators take action, the impact of congestion on businesses will be significant.

A Belgian study modelling traffic for one of the busiest roads in Europe shows that when just 10% of car drivers swap to a motorcycle or scooter, congestion is cut by 40% for all road users. When 25% of drivers swap congestion is eliminated altogether. A short video on the study is available to view here.

“Congestion will be an increasingly compelling reason for businesses to look at alternatives to four wheels for their fleet vehicles,” says Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) CEO Steve Kenward. “The MCIA has been involved in pulling a number of strands together to make this a viable proposition, including developments in training and safety. We are delighted to see such a responsible manufacturer entering the fleet arena, which I think will result in exciting times ahead.”

There are a number of successful examples of motorcycle fleet operators, including the police, ambulance service, AA breakdown services and Blood Runners, who courier life saving products between NHS hospitals out of normal working hours.

Fleet operators will also be able to find quality trainers more easily, thanks to the launch of two new courses, introduced earlier this year by the Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre.

Would you consider a fleet of motorcycles for your business? Let us know in the comments below

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  • Howard Jones says...October 16, 2014 (20:42)

    I think this could be a great idea.
    As an electrical engineering company who has many operatives going round in vans that are not full, it could save a reasonable amount in fuel if more efficient. I currently use my bike when all the vans are out and need to carry out a survey or quick service visit – panniers carry a multitude of equipment when needed.
    There already seems to be a fair amount of bikers in this industry who would love the opportunity to make business mileage more fun, I know we have three who would!
    Not great in the winter, but could certainly be a benefit during 3/4 of the year.