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Government to urge people to ride motorbikes to reach emissions target

Government's climate targets for 2030 are front and centre in the proposal in the works at the Ministry of Transport.

Moottoripyöriä Motoristit koulukiusaamista vastaan -kampanjassa
Motorbikes are part of government's climate goals for 2030. Image: Minna Aula / Yle

The Ministry of Transport and Communications announces that a working group is compiling a "moped and motorbike strategy" as part of government's climate targets for 2030.

"A moped or motorcycle, when combined with public transport, can provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to driving private cars," the Ministry states.

While two-wheeled motorised vehicles emit fairly limited amounts of greenhouse gases, they are true polluters when it comes to carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions.

Motorcycles and mopeds account for more than 14 percent of carbon monoxide and 16 percent of hydrocarbon pollution in Finland, despite less than 2 percent of all driven journeys being ridden with two-wheelers. That is why the aim must be to further develop the utilisation of two-wheeled vehicles, the proposal states.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications writes that motorbikes consume less energy, cause less congestion and take up less parking space. Changes may also come to road safety regulations and progressive taxation based on a vehicle's carbon footprint. Other possible measures include ride-sharing or simplified motorcycle rental services as well as implementing electric solutions and automation.

The authors of the strategy roadmap, Ministry researchers Janne Mänttäri and Tomi Paavola write that they aim to improve road safety as well as minimise environmental factors.

The strategy proposal's deadline for professional testimonies is 30 September.

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