Perhaps surprisingly, motorcycles are not subject to the same strict emission standards as cars. As a result, motorcycles emit up more carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide compared to passenger cars.
As per a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation ( ICCT ), motorcycles, scooters, and tricycles produce more carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide of up to eleven times more and six times more respectively compared to passenger cars. That is because motorcycles ‘only’ have to meet the Euro 4 standard and cars have to meet the Euro 6 standard.
The ICCT study was conducted in Paris between June 18 and July 16, 2018. To measure carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle emissions, NGO experts have equipped portals with lasers installed at three locations in Paris. Nearly 180,000 vehicles were sighted, including 3,455 motorcycles and scooters, reports the French website L’Usine Nouvelle.
According to the ICCT report, engines emit up to 11.1 times more carbon monoxide than petrol cars. In terms of nitric oxide, motorcycles pollute up to 6.1 times more than petrol cars. According to Jens Müller, Air Quality Manager at the European Transport and Environment Federation, it is regrettable that this difference in assessment in terms of emissions standards ever arose. “In recent years, the emphasis has really shifted to cars,” he told RTBF.
e-Scooters, Better Alternative To Motorcycles
With the introduction of e-scooters (see https://www.escooterireland.ie/products/original-xiaomi-m365-electric-scooter-folding) in the market, small vehicle users are given a better alternative to traveling in 2-wheeled vehicles. While it is not the most ideal, it is far better when it comes to strict emission standards. Many people react to these recommendations considering that not all motorbike owners would appreciate the use of this motorbike alternative.
And with the new bill passed in Ireland regarding the use of e-scooters, there is a bigger possibility that more users will decline the use of electric scooters.