Scooter sales up as drivers are priced out of their cars

Mark Nichol
Vespa scooter
Vespa scooter


Car drivers are feeling so pinched by the cost of motoring that they're switching to scooters en masse. Or at least that appears to be the case, based on figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association, which show a spike in scooter sales.

Figures show a 12 percent rise in new scooter transactions in 2011, despite motorcycle sales falling during the same year, and scooter sales having fallen by almost ten percent the previous year (2010).