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article imageAs Car Sales Plummet In Scotland Scooter Sales Are Going Strong

By KJ Mullins     Aug 24, 2008 in Business
In Scotland, scooters are making a comeback. Half a century ago scooters were the preferred mode of transportation. Today, Families struggling to make ends met are selling their second cars and buying Chinese scooters today.
The lure of the two-stoke engine scooters include 160 miles to the gallon and free parking. Low insurance costs and a mere 15 pound road tax are other incentives for these low CO2 machines.
The Motor Cycle Industry Association has reported a sales increase of 22% for the month of July. Car sales dropped 13% during the month.
Simon Small of the Motor Cycle Industry Association said: "There are two things driving the market. In October the bike test changes to a more difficult, time-consuming and expensive test, so many are rushing to get bikes and take tests.
"The more significant thing is the economic situation. The housing market is in difficulties, fuel bills are so high, so people are looking for savings in all parts of their life including how they get around. As a result, they are turning to scooters and bikes as day-to-day transport and for commuting. It saves money, avoids congestion, enjoys free parking and makes commuting less stressful. People are also interested in the lower CO2 emissions than travelling by car."
The scooters cost 795 pounds. Customers from the ages of 16 to 90 have jumped on the bandwagon for the old mode of transportation.
Scooters are expected to become even more popular as they get cleaner and safer for the environment.
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